A Las Vegas newspaper has suggested residents can save cash and eat almost for free by using their garden and greenhouse to grow some autumnal vegetables.
Fall crops can still be planted and harvested before winter sets in, the Review Journal stated.
It suggested growers can take advantage of more pleasant temperatures to get work done without the heat of the summer bearing down on them.
“You‘ll spend less time caring for your fall crops because of the favourable cool-weather growing conditions,” the article stated. “Plants will grow rapidly at first and gradually slow as the days become shorter and colder.”
This, added to a shortage of insects, more rain and less weeds, makes fall gardening easier, the newspaper explained.
It advised planting vegetables in an area where they will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.
While seeds can be sown from scratch, the article suggested adding a few transplants, as these will be ready to harvest sooner.
Meanwhile, the Contra Costa Times has given its own advice for tending to the garden in winter.