Yes, some or all of those things may have happened to your summer garden this year, but it's not a reason to stop growing great food in the late summer and fall months! Many vegetables can be sown again to produce bountiful, flavorful fall crops for you to enjoy. Other crops do especially well in even much cooler weather, giving you fresh vegetables almost to Thanksgiving or later.
Fall gardening is a more relaxed way to grow a few more vegetables before the snow flies. You can tear out all of those old, overgrown summer crops and start fresh with a new row of carrots, a line of beets, or a set of kale plants. Rather than putting in every vegetable possible, you can select just a few hardy ones to take you into the cool fall months. Looking for something even more long lasting? Try growing fall garlic for harvest in spring. The garlic plants need the cold weather to set bulbs and be ready for harvest next year.
Some vegetables that actually enjoy cooler temperatures are:
* Brussels Sprouts
Depending on where you live, some of these cool weather crops may be perfect for fall planting in your area. Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean your garden has to. By selecting specific plantings, you can keep on enjoying your vegetables right into fall!