There’s no better way to extend the vegetable growing season than by planting crops that thrive in the fall and winter. With the fall growing season upon us, it’s time to plan your late-season vegetable garden, and purchase the plants you intend to harvest in the coming months.
The key to fall gardening is knowing the approximate date of the first killing frost in your region. Also, plant crops early enough that they reach full maturity before the first frost.
Check with your county’s extension office or local gardening experts for information about planting times and crops that do well in your area. Most southern regions in the United States are better suited for winter crops, while growers in northern regions tend to rely on protective structures, like cold frames, hot beds and greenhouses.
Depending on what zone you live in, you might find any number of these in a fall vegetable garden: beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, endive, fava beans, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsnips, peas, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips and more.
Find the planting and care information you need on the plant tag or seed packet.
Plant late-maturing crops by mid-July for fall harvest, or later, for spring harvest.
Plant the following midseason crops by mid-August.
Plant the following early-maturing crops by mid-September.