Growing in Fall: 5 Foods to Plant Now

With open arms, we welcomed fall on Friday. Whether that means you're waltzing out the front door with a jacket in hand and light scarf draped around your neck, or just happy that it's not above 100 degrees every afternoon, there are a few things that are perfect for planting right now.

The best part? Whether you have a container garden on the balcony or raised beds in the backyard, these will grow for you—and quickly, too.

Here's what we planted from seed last week and look forward to harvesting this season (you'll notice the "leafy greens" theme in no time):

• Kale
• Spinach
• Lettuces of every variety (for smaller gardens, choose leaf varieties; if you've got the space, try for head lettuce)
• Swiss Chard
• Herbs: cilantro, chives, rosemary, parsley, sage, and thyme

And if you're in a warmer climate, you can even try planting a few tomato transplants. Look for larger transplants at your local nursery, preferably with blooms already on the stems. No matter where you are, it's wise to ask your local gardening expert for any tips for a successful fall growing season.

What are you planting in your garden now?

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Garden Envy: 10 Inspiring Gardens
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Food Map Containers: Portable Vegetable Gardens

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