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Edible Fall Containers

Make it beautiful and edible, fall garden containers, that is. Bright Light, Ruby Red and many other Swiss chard cultivars have colorful stems to brighten any fall combination.

Kale and collard greens also provide vertical interest in containers. Wild Garden Frills Russian kale has blue-green frilled leaves while Lacinato has crinkled foliage.

Colorful leaf lettuce, mustard and other greens make great fillers. Redina and Sea of Red are just two of the many colorful leaf lettuce cultivars. Try Garden Ferns lettuce for something unique with a sweet delicate flavor. Red Cardinal and Red Kitten spinaches have green leaves with red veins. Harvest throughout the fall for fresh-from-the-container-garden flavor.

Then add some cool season and edible flowers like pansies and calendula. They provide added color and flavor to fall meals.

A bit more information:  Harvest Swiss chard, kale and collards when the outer stems are 8 to 10 inches tall for the best flavor and to keep your container looking its best. Pick lettuce when the outer leaves are 4 to 6 inches tall.  Use healthy pesticide-free flowers as they just reach their maturity.

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