Tip of the Week: Fall Vegetables for Your School Garden

Andrew H. Wilson's school garden in the midst of last year's fall growth

Andrew H. Wilson's school garden in the midst of last year's fall growth

Louisianans are lucky. As the rest of the nation braces for chilly winters and sleepy gardens snuggled in cover crops, Louisiana gardeners look forward to some of our lushest and most productive months. Freed from the scorching sun of the Gulf South summer, our collards grow broad, our mustards turn spicy, and our arugula borders on weedy. 

This month, be sure to direct seed leafy greens (arugula, Swiss chard, mustard greens, collard greens and lettuces) as well as root vegetables (beets, carrots and turnips) with your students so that together you can enjoy the delicious and nutritious bounty of our Louisiana winter. 

For more extensive guides to fall planting, visit LSUAgCenter.com or reach out to your local extension agent. For more tips on gardening with students or for fall lesson plan ideas, visit the National Farm to School Network's Resources page.