Fall is the golden time for growing crops throughout Southern California — the weather is milder, the insects fewer and the watering less, if needed at all. Elsewhere in the country, people are hanging up their garden tools. But here? We’re just getting started on Round 2. This fall gardening guide will show you just how easy it can be to plant some cool-season edibles such as greens, peas, cauliflower, beets and potatoes. Yes, potatoes! We’re highlighting everything you need, including the 12 easiest things to plant right now, where to buy your fall seedlings, and expert advice on where to go around town for the best amendments and soil boosters. (It’s a great way to forget about things like pandemics and politics for just awhile.) Yvonne Savio, creator of the comprehensive GardeningInLA.net, says fall gardening is her favorite. “Your plants are able to grow much more successfully because it’s a slower growing period,” Savio said. “It’s cooler, so your plants aren’t stressed out anywhere near during the summer, and it’s more enjoyable. You’re able to harvest stuff for months and months and months and consequently get so much more food from the plants you’re nurturing along.”Just don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your lush, green garden in winter — and drive your snowbound friends mad with envy on Instagram.
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