Are fresh greens really possible in the late autumn? Yes! Absolutely!
Does your body crave access to mouth-watering green smoothies to get back on the road to health? Depending on your region, even without a cold frame, there are succulent fresh greens you can grow in fall and early winter .
Plus, for being EASY to grow, they rate a 10! Many are ready to begin picking in as early as 20 days! You may feel the need to boost your health after a long winter or fortify before heading back into winter.
My Top Picks For a Small Fall Greens Garden
1.) Spinach – abundant baby greens in 27 days. Sow thickly.
2.) Beet tops in 28 days.
3.) My favorites for mildness and available nutrients are bok choy and chard (top).
Right now we are making smoothies adding a few lovely chard leaves (minus stem) until the new crop of little babies grow up (did you ever think that’s why we sometimes call a garden a nursery?) The nutrients in chard are among the highest available. I really want to find ways to use chard because it’s SO easy to grow, and I’ve never experienced any pests.
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe
- 3-4 bananas
- 1-2 tsp raw honey
- 1 c. organic yogurt (for DF, I use 3/4 c. coconut cream concentrate)
- 1 1/2 c. dairy milk or almond milk
- 2 c. frozen fruit (cherries, raspberries, mango, antioxidant packed aroniaberries (we add a bit of stevia to balance their stronger taste), or blueberries)
- 2 good size handfuls of chard leaves minus the stems or greens of your choice
For a power breakfast or snack you can add flax seed, protein powder, spirulina, raw shredded coconut, or cinnamon which stabilizes blood sugar, etc.
A basic green smoothie doesn’t taste anything like spinach, beets, or kale. If properly balanced with fresh fruit it is sweet, delicious, and nutritious.
Build a Simple Cold Frame
And if you or someone in your family is handy with simple tools, consider building a cold-frame (if possible on a south-facing wall) for an increasingly extended season.
It is another step in being less dependent and living a simpler lifestyle.
My husband kindly built this old cold-frame for me when we were at the farm. In the spring/summer it grew cucumbers. In the fall it grew spinach, lettuces, cilantro, and beets. Note: the glass doors have props to prevent cooking your crop on a suddenly hot day.
“Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.” ~ Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
“Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.”
~Henry David Thoreau
Thanks for reading!