Summertime is almost over. Labor Day is fast approaching. Our fall period is a special time of the year. That bounty of our fall harvest will be upon us, on this harvest moon.
In this article I will be focusing upon three of the most popular fall harvest crops. They are the apple, the cranberry and our humble pumpkins. So when can you expect to harvest those crops? How long does it take to grow those crops? When do you plant those crops? What are the benefits, to eating those crops?
The time to plant an apple tree is after the last frost in the spring time. You need to pick an area that gets direct full sunlight.
In New England apple picking time has been a tradition since the dawn of our country. The harvesting of apples will typically take place up until the end of October.
Have you heard the old saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor way”? Here are some of the reasons behind that old saying. The apple is filled with fiber, and packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, and it also contains a chemical called pectin. Pectin helps kill cancer cells. Apples are also known for keeping your body system regular with their high fiber content and low calorie count.
So go ahead and enjoy mom’s apple pie or a nice apple crisp. Don’t forget to drink plenty of apple cider and juice.
Another fall harvest classic is the cranberry. The humble cranberries are perennial plants that are grown on vines in marshy, sandy fields that are commonly called “bogs”,. Cranberries will be harvested in mid September to Thanksgiving weekend in November.
Cranberries are also known as a super food item. That is because cranberries are a low calorie, rich in antioxidant, food source. Cranberries are also a great source of vitamin C. Did you know that cranberries contain what is called pro Anthocyanidins? By drinking cranberry juice you will be cleaning out your body of harmful bacteria.
Cranberries other benefits include helping prevent ulcers, preventing gum diseases, and also cleaning your urinary tract systems.
Our third fall harvest bounty is the pumpkin. Our pumpkins first appeared in Central and North America during 9000BC in Mexico. The pumpkin is one of the Native American original plants. The other vegetable plants that are native to the Americas include beans, corn, squash as well as the pumpkin.
How do you plant pumpkins, and how long do you need to harvest the pumpkins? You will typically plant pumpkins after the last frost of the spring time. You should plant the seeds about 2 weeks after that last frost.
Most pumpkins will take about 100 to 105 days to grow and harvest. The pumpkin will need a full growing season with full sun light, and warm weather.
If you want to grow your own pumpkins consider the following types of pumpkins. Start with the smaller pumpkins because they take up less space in your garden. Consider the baby bear pumpkins that will grow to 1.5 lbs to 2 lbs, their height is about 3 to 4 inches high. These pumpkins are frost resistant and also resistant to blight.
So what are the health benefits from eating our native American pumpkins? There are many health benefits which include the following; The pumpkin contains antioxidants as well as the following Vitamins A, C and E. The pumpkin is a great source of fiber and helps decrease your chances of getting colon cancer. Pumpkins are also known for helping you preserve your skin cells as well.
So go ahead and enjoy that nice slice of pumpkin pie.
Even though it will be sad to see summer go again. I can’t wait for fall to begin to enjoy the bountiful harvest of our fall crops. There are many other crops and vegetables that you can enjoy beside the three crops that I reviewed in this article.