Ultimate Guide to Fall Vegetable Gardening

| 9/3/2019 10:12:00 AM

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There are many reasons why you should plant a fall garden.  It'll bring you more nutritious foods over the winter months and it will improve the health of your garden soil.

Yes, you read that right! Planting a fall garden will improve the soil health of your garden tremendously.  The crops in a summer garden will pull nutrients from the soil, especially nitrogen.  Many of the fall crops are leafy greens and they can help to put nitrogen and other nutrients back into the soil.  Double-win!

Best Fall Vegetables to Plant

Most of the cold hardy vegetables are leafy greens, root vegetables and plants in the cole family (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.)  Try planting the following crops when the summer temperatures start to drop-

  1. Arugula
  2. Beets
  3. Broccoli
  4. Brussels sprouts
  5. Bunching Onions
  6. Bush Beans
  7. Cabbage
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Collard Greens
  10. Garlic
  11. Kale
  12. Kohlrabi
  13. Leeks
  14. Lettuce
  15. Mustard Greens
  16. Parsley
  17. Peas
  18. Radishes
  19. Spinach
  20. Swiss Chard
  21. Turnips

Most of these need to be planted a few weeks before the first frost. 

Since you don't know when the first frost will happen, look up your local average first frost date.  Use this as a guideline to plant your crops.  When you purchase seeds, look on the back of the packet to see how long it takes them to reach harvest size. 

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