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It feels that come fall there is nothing in abundance but crunchy leaves and bare stems. Gardens have been put to bed and the last of the tomato sandwiches have been devoured.
But, if you know where to look there is a whole feast of goodies out there ready to be foraged. If foraging isn’t your thing, with a little planning, you can still be picking greens and veggies from your garden in the fall to supplement your Thanksgiving dinner.
Check out these OGP articles that guide you to all the fall treats that are, or could be, available to you.
1. Forage in Fall
Fall is a fantastic time to forage. With the end of the summer growing season, after everything has been blasted with sunshine, there are lots of exciting options for good eats to be found without us having to cultivate a thing. We just need to get better at responsibly taking advantage of what nature has to offer. Check out this list of ideas for What to Forage in the Fall.
Parsnips are a delicious root vegetable that often makes an appearance during autumn and winter holiday meals. If you are unfamiliar with parsnips, they look like pale carrots but are a little more turnip-like in texture. If you have a little patience and are prepared to put in the time with your parsnip plants, you can have yourself a bumper crop of yummy root veggies just in time for Thanksgiving. Read on to learn How to Grow, Harvest, and Use Parsnips.
3. Fun Foraging
As autumn draws in and nature prepares for its winter dormancy, it’s easy to feel as though all foraging opportunities are gone. But, just as the busy squirrels show us, there is still an abundance out there that can be foraged away for winter if you know where to look. This time of year offers us nuts, roots, needles, and fruits for foraging fun. Check out this list of fall ‘forageables’ ripe for the picking. Check out this list of Fun Foods to Forage in the Fall.
4. July Seeds
It’s July, but it’s not too late! Depending on your growing zone, there is still a good chance that you have time to plant certain veggie seeds and get a harvest before the first frost of the season. Whatever the reason you are still thinking about planting in July, it is well worth it. Maybe your plants got ravished by bugs or critters, perhaps you still have some space in your garden that you want to fill, or you simply didn’t get around to planting in time. Never fear! Here are 4 Seeds You Can Still Sow in July for a Bumper Crop in early fall.
5. August Seeds
A fall garden is a wonderful thing. Tomatoes and cucumbers are long gone, but there is no need to put your garden to bed, yet. If you start thinking about it in August, you can have a garden full of goodies to harvest for special holiday dinners, or any home-cooked meal, for that matter. Thankfully, there are lots of different Seeds to Sow in August for a Fall Crop.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant. If you have rose bushes in your garden, and you managed not to deadhead all of the flowers, you will be able to see red-colored berries on the ends of the stems where the flowers once were. Rosehips are members of the apple and crabapple family and share a strong resemblance. They have a tart flavor like that of hibiscus. They can also be a little sweet and retain a floral flavor, too. This makes them wonderful in tea and homemade jams. Read on to learn How to Forage and Use Rosehips.
7. Forage Fungi
The autumn is one of the best times for foraging. Many things, having enjoyed the warm and wet of summer, are now fruiting. Wild herbs haven’t yet been cut down by the cool. And, best of all, a myriad of mushrooms is there for the picking. Rather than getting into anything that can be easily mistaken for something poisonous, there are some easily identifiable fall fungi to look out for. Check out this guide to foraging fungi in fall- Fall Is the Time for Foraging Fungi: What to Look for From August to November.
8. Forage Fruit and Nuts
Foraging in the fall is particularly rewarding because there are plenty of calorific finds out there to enjoy. Fall is the time when gardens start to slow down production, but most tree fruits and nuts are just ripening, both domestically and in the wild. That makes for a great gathering. Check out this list of Fruits and Nuts to Find in the Fall that are ripe and ready for picking.
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- Great Flowers to Plant for Your Winter Garden
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