Fall Gardening: Veggies You Can Still Plant Right Now

Gardeners have been working hard all summer, sweating in the sun, toiling in the dirt. Depending on what you’ve been planting, it’s about time to start reaping what you sowed all those months ago. But many of us don’t want to give up on our gardens just yet. There’s still plenty of fall gardening maintenance to complete before the first fall frost, but there are also a few types of vegetables that gardeners can still plant while the ground is warm. The first fall frost is only a couple weeks away for most of us in the northern states, but it’s still just far enough away in most southern regions (and some parts of the north–check out this easy guide for estimated dates for 2016) to give quick-yielding veggies a fighting chance to beat the fall frost deadline.

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Nurturing in the North
Lettuce is one of the few veggies that grows particularly well when the soil drops to a cooler temperature. The resilient leafy green can also continue to thrive when the daylight hours decrease and the air gets a little more crisp. It’s a great solution for anyone in northern regions with fall frost dates earlier in the year, including the Midwest, Pacific Northwest as well as the Northeast, growing just in time for Thanksgiving.

Avid gardeners may have already switched to planting spinach in the fall rather than the spring in order to yield better results through the winter season, but planting spinach early enough before fall starts has also been known to produce results before the first frost starts to wreak havoc. Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, as well as mustard or collard greens, do well in the cool season when the temps are lower.

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As long as you’re taking a chance on growing leafy greens in the cooler months, you can also throw in a steady supply of radishes to fill out your fall gardening. They’ll grow well along with the leafy greens, and because they’re some of the quickest-growing vegetables, you can get away with planting a couple rows now–at the end of summer–and expect them to reach full maturity in most regions in around four weeks.

Savoring in the South
Most regions in the south don’t experience their first fall frost until November, and in some places, early December. This gives you a little more time to plant some of your favorite veggies. In addition to greens such as lettuce and spinach, kale can stand up to the cooler temperatures as well. However, it requires more sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. It’s suggested to enrich with fertilizer or composting before planting.

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Like many types of veggies you plant in the fall, peas are susceptible to irreparable damage when frost starts to blanket your garden and freeze the soil. However, peas are also an example of a fall crop that’s capable of thriving in cooler conditions, producing sweeter and more satisfying results as the days start getting shorter. Mild winters make it easy to plant varieties like snow peas later into the autumn season.

The first thing you want to do before you think about planting seeds in your garden this fall is to make sure you have enough time before the first frost as well as the right soil conditions to produce a quick yield.

7 Easy Accent Pieces That Instantly Transform Your Bedroom

Feeling like your bedroom is particularly drab of late? Want to break out of the boredom rut and spice things up a bit? Here are seven easy accent pieces that can be added to your sleeping quarters with little effort?but with big results!

Throw-pillows1. Throw Pillows

Adding a few throw pillows to your bedroom is a fast and inexpensive way to incorporate a fun pop of color. Consider what mood you are hoping to set, and then choose your color pattern accordingly. For example, if you are hoping to give the room an energetic feel, look for throw pillows that have orange in them as orange tends to evoke feelings of enthusiasm and excitement. Conversely, if you are looking to make things a bit more serene, consider using greens and blues?they evoke feelings of balance and peace.

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Bedroom-curtains2. Curtains

Curtains are a seamless way of giving any bedroom a complete look. They can enhance the room with a glamorous appeal or give it a fun look that mimics your personality?the possibilities are endless! Be sure to get curtains that are the right size (otherwise the window treatment looks unfinished). And pay attention to details such as what type of header style you want (like pinch pleats or swagged) and what kind of curtain rods and finials look best.

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Chair3. Sassy Seating

Incorporating additional seating in the bedroom both gives some stylish flare and adds an extra lounge spot. Consider creating a cozy reading nook or ideal location for slipping on your shoes with a corner chair or tasteful bench at the foot of the bed. This does not have to be financially taxing?you can even just reupholster a chair you already have!

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Art4. Awe-inspiring Art

Adding one or two fun pieces of artwork is one of the simplest ways to incorporate a little creative edge to any bedroom. Consider adding an exciting piece, even if it is a little bit ?out there.? This can be anything from paintings to photographs?the sky?s the limit when it comes to choosing how best to decorate the wall space (you could even create something yourself!).

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5. Chic ChandelierCeiling-decor

A chandelier is a great piece to feature in any bedroom space. Not only does it add to the overall d?cor, but it is also a fantastic lighting technique. Take some time to shop around for the perfect chandelier that sits well with the general ambiance of the room. There are so many from which to choose with options from beaded to Victorian and everything in between!

 

 

 

 

 

rugs6. Rugs Galore

A rug is a great way to help define a space. It?s also a great opportunity to link different colors that are used elsewhere in the room. Furthermore, rugs add a feeling of warmth and coziness to a room, especially if the floors are hardwood. With all of this in mind, go out and find that perfect fit for your space?and always remember that there is no rule about having a rectangular rug!

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timeless-item7. That One Fun Piece

Finally, the grand finale to any bedroom ought to be that one fun piece that really stands out and draws the attention of any guest. Ideas include a large globe situated near the desk, a bamboo divider screen between the bed and window, an antique trunk alongside the wall, or a large clock that sits above the headboard.

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The key to vamping up any dull space is incorporating color, patterns and unique pieces that unify the room and make it pop. Whether you are a senior in high school looking at health care schools in Calgary and trying to figure out how best to decorate the dorm or a senior VP at a marketing firm hoping to draw some of that work creativity into your personal life, try incorporating one or two of these accent pieces into your room?they are just the ticket to transforming any bedroom from simply fine to totally fab!

Annie Babbitt is a freelance writer whose interests include entertainment, lifestyle and current events. Annie loves helping promote change and being an advocate for those in need. She most recently has found an interest in writing about issues related to business and education and draws inspiration for her writing from companies such as ABES.