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Fall, the Unsung Hero of Planting Seasons!

When it comes to planting seasons, spring typically steals the spotlight. However, experienced gardeners know that fall is a hidden gem in the gardening calendar. With cooler temperatures and moist soil, it's the perfect time to grow a variety of vegetables that thrive in these conditions. And when you combine the power of EM-1® with your fall planting efforts, you'll set the stage for a bountiful and sustainable harvest.

Part 1: Choosing the Right Vegetables for Fall Planting

  • Cool-Season Favorites: Fall is ideal for cool-season vegetables, which thrive in lower temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Some top picks for fall planting include:

    • Broccoli: A nutritional powerhouse, broccoli loves the cool fall weather. EM-1® helps it establish strong root systems and resist pests. Growing broccoli successfully requires careful attention. Start by selecting a suitable location with full sun exposure and well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. Space your broccoli plants about 18 to 24 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation. Regular watering is crucial, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize with your diluted Bokashi tea from your compost bin mixed with some EM-1. Keep an eye out for common pests like cabbage worms and aphids, using organic pest control methods if necessary. Harvest broccoli heads when they are firm, green, and compact before the florets start to open. Properly cared for, your broccoli plants will yield delicious and nutritious heads for you to enjoy. Shop Broccoli seeds here.

    • Kale: This superfood thrives in cool temperatures and benefits from EM-1®'s soil-enhancing properties.  Begin by choosing a sunny location with well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter.  Space your kale plants about 18 to 24 inches apart to allow for ample growth. Adequate and consistent watering is essential to prevent bitterness and ensure tender leaves, but be cautious not to overwater, as kale doesn't like soggy soil. Frequent harvesting of outer leaves encourages continuous growth and provides a steady supply of fresh, flavorful kale for your culinary delights. Shop Kale seeds

    • Carrots: Sweet and crisp, carrots grow exceptionally well in fall. Choose a location with loose, well-drained soil, ideally free of rocks and debris, which can cause misshapen roots. Carrots thrive in full sun but can tolerate some shade. Prior to planting, work the soil deeply to ensure good root development, and avoid using excessive nitrogen-rich fertilizers, as they can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of the roots. Sow carrot seeds directly in the garden bed, spacing them appropriately to allow room for the roots to expand. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged throughout the growing season, as inconsistent moisture can result in cracked or forked carrots. Thinning is crucial; remove excess seedlings to ensure proper spacing. Consider covering the carrot bed with a light layer of mulch to retain moisture and deter weeds. With the right care, you'll be rewarded with sweet, crisp carrots ready for harvest when they reach the desired size, typically around 1 inch in diameter. Treating the soil with EM-1® will help to improve the soil structure, preventing twisted or forked carrots as well as improving their flavor and overall health. 

    • Spinach: Fast-growing spinach loves the fall weather. Start by selecting a well-drained garden bed with rich, fertile soil that has been amended with organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure. Sow spinach seeds directly in the garden, ensuring proper spacing to allow for healthy growth. Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, as spinach doesn't tolerate waterlogged conditions well. Harvest the outer leaves when they reach a desirable size to encourage continuous growth and a bountiful supply of fresh, nutrient-rich spinach for your table. Watering with EM-1® with help nutrient uptake for vibrant green leaves.

Part 2: The Magic of EM-1®

  • Understanding EM-1®: EM-1®, short for Effective Microorganisms, is a microbial soil conditioner that contains a unique blend of beneficial microorganisms. These microorganisms help improve soil health, enhance nutrient uptake by plants, and suppress harmful pathogens. It's a natural and regenerative approach to gardening that aligns perfectly with fall planting.

  • Regeneration and EM-1®: Using EM-1® in your garden not only boosts plant growth but also promotes soil and ecosystem health. It's an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, making it a go-to choice for environmentally conscious gardeners.

Part 3: The EM-1® Fall Planting Process

  • Preparation: Before planting, prepare your garden bed by mixing EM-1® with water as directed on the label. Apply this mixture to your soil to introduce beneficial microbes.

  • Planting: Follow the recommended planting guidelines for your chosen vegetables. Remember, you can soak your seeds for 20 - 30 mins in a dilution of EM-1® to promote healthy seed germination and stronger root development early on. 

  • Maintenance: Throughout the fall season, continue to use EM-1® as a weekly foliar spray and or soil drench. This will keep your plants healthy, protecting them from pests and diseases, and improving nutrient absorption.

Part 4: Benefits of EM-1® in Fall Planting

  • Improved Soil Structure: EM-1® enhances soil structure, making it easier for plant roots to penetrate and access nutrients.

  • Pest and Disease Resistance: The beneficial microbes in EM-1® help create an environment where harmful pests and pathogens struggle to thrive.

  • Sustainable Gardening: By reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, EM-1® contributes to sustainable and eco-friendly gardening practices.

Fall Planting Success with EM-1®

As you embark on your fall planting journey, consider the remarkable benefits of EM-1®. This natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly gardening solution can transform your garden into a thriving oasis of cool-season vegetables. With a little help from these beneficial microorganisms, your fall harvest will be abundant and your garden will be healthier than ever before. Happy planting!



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