Kids Fall Planting

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Kids can plant cold weather crops in the fall to harvest in the winter. Depending on the climate, kids can start the plants in the warm weather of early fall and harvest when the cold sets in or protect the containers in cold frames or alternatives and continue growing throughout the year. With a year round harvest, kids always have something to plant and something to harvest. Kids can weekly or bi-weekly sow greens and cover them to have fresh salads year round. The frame around a raised bed can include posts to easily attach landscape fabric or other coverings for the cold. Under landscape fabric, cloches, or cold frames in winter, kids can harvest the plants after they have warmed up in the warmest part of the day. Rigid plastic cloches, glass bell jars, clear plastic bottles, glass frames, and landscape fabric are great covers depending on how cold it is locally. Some covers also help with shade in the hottest days of summer. Salad greens, spinach, herbs, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, and celery are cold weather crops that kids can plant for extended harvests. Kids can start fall seeds now to sprout and have extended and year round harvests.

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