It may seem crazy to be planning for fall already, but where I live the spring season is in full swing and in a month or so it'll be slowing down, and I will be plotting and planning and graphing in earnest for my fall/winter garden. I will be starting seeds in July/August to get them established and in the ground before "winter" begins.
This fall I'd like to do a purple themed garden, just to mix things up and make them more interesting! What specific varieties have you guys grown and had good experiences with? I am looking for things that are tried and true. Emphasis on heavy producers. Any suggestions?
For southerners and southwesterners, you already know what will grow here. For my eastern and northern friends, think about winter and early spring crops that do not require dormancy or frost periods. I do have one raised bed, but on the shorter winter days it only gets full sun from around 7am- 12pm and is shaded or gets partial sun from there on out; last year only the lettuces seemed to do really well there. There is a smallish patch that gets full sun all day that is suitable for broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Everything else will have to go in pots and containers, but can be moved to get as much/little sun as they need.
I am open to all manner of veggies that have purple foliage, stems, fruit or even flowers (if they flower heavily or are, say cauliflower, etc). Flowers are always good too!No perennials, no trees, please. Don't be afraid to suggest some off the wall things though, I eat some pretty funky stuff!