Fall garden plants and tips

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Planning to maintain a fall garden? Didn’t you even know you could do this? Here are the best things to grow during the fall months.

If you’re an inexperienced gardener or just want to put in less effort this growing season, fall may be a great time to start.

Depending on where you live, fall can actually be ‘the most [gardening season] of all, “wrote Mike McGrath for a recent episode of”You bet on your garden», A public radio and television program.

That’s because in the fall, you don’t have “the cool, damp spring soil to deal with, and the sometimes ungodly heat of summer,” McGrath explained.

Learn more about which vegetables grow best in the fall, as well as when to plant them for the best results.

Green salad

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In the fall, “the soil is still nice and warm, so the seeds of lettuce, spinach, kale and other green vegetables will sprout quickly at this time of year.” McGrath said. This makes this season an optimal time to grow green vegetables.

“I grow all of my lettuce and the like in large containers on my patio: half-barrels of whiskey, grow bags, my brand new raised bed on legs, and smaller containers placed on tables,” McGrath explains.

The advantage of growing green vegetables in containers is that it prevents damage from rabbits and makes harvesting easier, McGrath explains.

Related Reading: How To Grow Your Own Green Salads


Beets make an excellent fall harvest and tend to turn a brighter color when planted in the fall rather than in the spring.

It is important to note that you should sow the seeds for a beet bed at least seven to eight weeks before the first expected frost.

“Beets germinate quickly, but you want to give them enough time to ripen before the cold sets in for good,” according to the farmer’s almanac.


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When planted in late summer, you may be able to enjoy turnips by Thanksgiving. On the other hand, if you plant them in early fall, you can usually expect a harvest in late fall. As with all vegetables in the garden, timing is key here!

What makes turnips an optimal crop for fall? For starters, turnips do well in cool weather. Temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit are optimal.


If you start early enough, carrots can make a great fall garden vegetable. But keep in mind that you should usually plant them at least 12 weeks before a frost.

However, if you are starting a little late, be sure to insulate them with heavy plastic sheeting and trim off the green tops. This will help them retain their sweet, crunchy flavor better.


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Another cold-tolerant crop is cabbage which you can grow in the fall before harvest and, if you’re a fan, ferment into a large batch of sauerkraut to enjoy during the winter months.

When planting, it’s a good idea to start by growing cabbage plants under indoor grow lights 12 weeks before the cold starts. This way you can transplant the seedlings to your outdoor garden about six weeks before the frost begins.

Pro Tip: For best results, be sure to plant your sprouts about 12 to 18 inches apart.


Swiss chard is a great vegetable to plant in the middle of summer after removing all traces of spring vegetables from your garden. “Then sow it and continue to harvest all winter”, according to the The Farmer’s Almanac.


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While peas are often considered a summer crop, they can be grown in the fall in warmer parts of the United States.

And while a layer of snow won’t damage emerging pea plants, you need to be careful about the temperature dropping. Indeed, several days of temperature among teenagers could end up wiping out your pea crop.

“Be prepared to replant if the first few peas are unsuccessful. Alternatively, try starting your peas in a cold frame, ”according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Green cabbage

Similar to other green salads, collard greens grow well in the fall. Like the other plants on this list, collard greens should be planted about six to eight weeks before frost.

Once harvested, collard greens can be used in many of your favorite dishes; try these slow cooker collards and green cabbages with dumplings.


How to prepare the garden for fall and winter frost

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Broccoli is one of those veggies that tend to do best when there’s a little bit of jelly. Why? Because broccoli will begin to sprout or flower when overly stressed by the hot weather, according to a Michigan State University newsletter titled “Fall vegetable crops for your garden.

For this reason, broccoli is one of those vegetables that can stand a little cooler weather. But despite their cold hardiness, keep in mind that they should be planted six to eight weeks before the first frost.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “Broccoli seeds are able to germinate in soil temperatures as low as 40 ° F (4 ° C), but warmer soil is preferable and will greatly speed development. “

Here is! Nine different varieties of vegetables that are suitable for planting in a fall garden. “Grow the right plants and fall gardening will make you think you are really good at it!” McGrath said.

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