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Now is the perfect time to plant fall and winter vegetables

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Even though the summer may be winding down, now may be the perfect time to plant your garden.

Several vegetables can be harvested in the fall and winter. Here are a few of those vegetables that can be planted now: carrots, beets, broccoli, lettuce, radish and spinach.

University of Illinois Extension Office Crop Specialist Mike Roegge today says it's important to plant vegetables like broccoli and cabbage soon. They take a little bit longer to mature when compared to other cold crops like lettuce and spinach.

Roegge says if your plants don't mature before freezing temps arrive, you'll have to provide them with protection.

"The floating row cover is a spun bond device, just basically a sheet that you can put over the crop," Roegge said. "It allows sunlight through, it allows rainfall and oxygen through so those are the things plants need to survive. But also helps insulate the soil like a blanket."

Roegge says fall sown crops can often taste sweeter than spring sown crops, because plants produce more sugars in their cells to withstand colder temperatures, which makes them naturally sweeter.

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