What a wonderful notion, to be able to eat from the garden throughout the year. And as more gardeners become interested in eating locally and seasonally – not to mention saving money on grocery bills – growing edibles in the garden year-round just makes sense.
After your early lettuce, beet, carrot and cabbage crops are harvested in spring, beans, tomatoes and other summer crops can be grown in their place.
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Plant potatoes in spring, and a few months later they’ll be ready to be dug and enjoyed (or stored for later use).
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Squash are incredibly easy to grow and can be eaten in late summer or stored in your kitchen for months to enjoy with holiday meals.
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Stored correctly, apples are just one of the dozens of different types of fruits you can grow in your garden and still enjoy months after harvest.
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With surprisingly little space, you can have something to eat out of your garden every month of the year. Here’s a general listing of what you can be harvesting from your garden each season:
What you can harvest in the hot, dry fall depends partly on your climate, partly on how much you’re able and willing to water in the heat of summer and partly on how much afternoon shade you can provide for smaller-growing produce. As long as it’s not too hot and dry, you can harvest most of the produce listed for spring through summer, plus acorn and butternut squash, planted from seed in spring.