Seasonal Gardening: Popular Fall Vegetables and Harvesting Tips

Popular fall vegetables and harvesting tips, including fall planting information for beans, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, corn, lettuce, onions, melons, parsnips, peas, squash, tomatoes and more.

| September/October 1982

A list of popular fall vegetables and harvesting tips for frost-tender crops, planting and harvesting information. 

Seasonal Gardening: Popular Fall Vegetables and Harvesting Tips

Summer's fierce heat is exhausted, and a mellower warmth cloaks autumn's bright kingdom. Multicolored delights tumble from the garden's cornucopia, providing fit recompense for the labors of spring and summer. Gather in the good earth's abundance, and allow yourself to feel awe for the miracle of yet another completed cycle of growth and harvest.


Over much of the country, the first frost will likely occur before Halloween . . . and that means that some crops will have to be harvested, while others can laugh at the chill and remain in the garden for a few weeks more. Here's a list of popular fall vegetables and harvesting tips.

Snap Beans: Frost-tender. Gather the pods when they're fully grown, but before the seeds develop too much. Frequent picking encourages larger crops, but a frost will bring an end to growth.

Dry Beans: Frost-tender. Harvest the pods when a majority of them are yellow and dry, and when most of the leaves have fallen. Pull the plants up by the roots and hang them so the beans can finish drying. Then shell out the legumes and store them in a cool, dry place.

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