Think of planting vegetables and most of us envision traditional summer fare: squash, beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and melons. It's fall and now is the time to think outside the box and become adventuresome in your garden. In fact, in areas of little or no frost, fall represents a completely new planting season for gardeners. Well-known vegetables do best when planted and cultivated in fall: beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onion, parsley, peas and spinach. All will do well through the fall and winter months when planted from seed or from transplants. But how about the not-so-well-known vegetables? If you're itching to plant something different, fall is the ideal time to try your hand. By planting the vegetables below, you'll not only grow something new, you'll also get to try all the great recipes that call for these vegetables.
Collards - a southern favorite, the leaves are often added to a pot containing salt pork or ham hocks.
Endive - leaves can be used in salads, sautéed or served in a hot dish
Kale - a member of the cabbage family, kale is often used in soups and stews.
Parsnip - long and slender like a carrot, they can be mashed like potatoes or added to soups and stews.
Rutabaga - like a turnip, they are mashed, or are boiled or eaten in stews or casseroles--and even taste delicious in pie.
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