Fall Gardening Opportunities & Seeds

After last week’s derecho storm damaging many gardens, now may be a good time to begin planning a fall garden. Late summer is a good time to start a fall garden of lettuce, kale, carrots, radish and beets. Many of these vegetables can be sown directly in the garden and harvested within 60 days or less. 
Vegetables are packed full of fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium and other minerals, various antioxidants and phytochemicals. Despite the popular “fresh is best” message, all types of vegetables, fresh, frozen, or canned are nutrient rich and a part of a healthy meal plan. The color of the vegetables is equally important as the pigment contain antioxidants. 
Stop by the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach office in Waterloo at 3420 University Avenue, Suite B to pick up free gardening seeds perfect to sow and grow yet this year. The office is open Monday – Friday 8:00am -4:30pm. Call 319-234-6811

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