August 19, 2021

15 cool-weather veggies for the fall garden

Wondering what to plant in your fall garden? Here are 15 cool-weather veggies to plant now!

Just because the summer is drawing to a close doesn’t mean that your garden has to be done for the year; in fact, there are many wonderful cool-weather veggies you can grow in a fall garden, and some of them will grow on into the winter months (or even right through them, depending on your climate).

This short video shares 15 tasty ideas for things you can grow in your garden this fall. Cool-season crops like these grow best in cooler weather, and planting in late summer will give them a good head-start on growth while the soil is still warm.

Root crops, leafy greens, and quick-growing veggies like radishes or green onions are all great choices for the fall garden.

These veggies prefer a cooler climate with temperatures in the 70’s or below. You can direct-sow many of these right in the garden, or if your weather is still hot, start them indoors and plant the seedlings out when temps start to drop below 80 degrees.

Quick-maturing crops like green beans can be planted directly in the garden in late summer for a fall harvest if your growing season is long enough (if you sometimes experience early frosts, start beans a bit sooner in mid-summer, as they won’t survive frost; try this handy fall planting calculator to see if it’s too late in your area).

And brassicas love cooler weather and some (such as kale or cabbage) may even be left in the garden until mid-winter with a bit of protection. Root crops such as carrots, turnips, and parsnips are sweetest when the weather cools, and most hardy varieties may be mulched well and then harvested to enjoy in the dead of winter.

Watch this for some quick ideas for what to plant right now for a fall (or winter) harvest!

 

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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