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Fall Planting Guide

Some parts of the U.S. and certain plants are more amenable to fall planting than others. This guide can help you make maximum use of the growing season in your area.

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    The climate zone you live in has a large effect on what your prospects for success with a fall planting.

  • 071 fall planting - usda climate zones

Fall's fluttering showers of golden leaves begin their ancient dance, as weighty apples bend pliant boughs. And then, one morning, the grass nods heavy with a hoary frost. Drink in the crisp autumn air, gather your share of nature's bounty, and—while cover crops green in the autumnal fields—enjoy the rewards of your spring and summer labor.

Fall Planting

The USDA has divided the country into climate zones that define the length of an area's probable growing season.

ZONES 3 AND 4. It's too late to plant any more succession crops this year: Killing freezes are just around the corner. But if you didn't get season-long production from your garden this past summer it's not too early to start planning for next year. When doing so, we think you'll find Duane Newcomb's Growing Vegetables the Big Yield/Small Space Way (J.P. Tarcher, $7.95) to be especially useful. The volume is simply chock-full of advice on how to maximize garden yields.

ZONE 5. With an average first frost date of October 10, there's not enough time for most crops to mature. Corn salad, garden cress, and radishes should do well if planted before September 15. A short-season lettuce or an early spinach sown right at the beginning of the month could provide the makings for some delicious autumnal salads. Of course, you can try extending the season, using the new chicken-wire-reinforced plastic to make instant tunnel cloches. (Information on this handy material is available from Gilbert & Bennet.

ZONE 6. You folks have got a bit more time left than your northern cousins have, since your first frost is scheduled to arrive about October 20. Mustard greens and endive can be added to the Zone 5 vegetables, and the radish-planting season can be stretched clear to October 1. You might also want to plant an early turnip variety, such as Tokyo Cross, in the first week of September and reserve a date in October for a meal of buttered turnips!

ZONE 7. October is essentially frost-free in most parts of your zone, so—in the first few days of September—you can plant beets, Swiss chard, kale, and kohlrabi, and transplant collards and cabbages. Up to the middle of the month, sow Chinese cabbage, parsley (soak the seeds overnight in warm water to hasten germination), peas, and turnips, and set out seedlings of head lettuce. Leaf lettuce can be planted until October 1, and radishes and mustard greens will still have time to produce if you get them in by October 15.

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