Planting Fall Vegetable Garden

Planting Fall Vegetable Garden

By: Paul Schnare

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Most people think of planting vegetable gardens in the spring. After harvest in the spring or early summer, gardens are left fallow until the following year. Although this is the norm, many tried and true gardeners tell me that fall gardens often do much better in the Heartland that do spring gardens.

The varieties of vegetables that can be planted in the fall are more limited than in the spring. If you are going to plant a fall garden at this time, late August, you must select varieties that require few days from planting to harvest. Most vegetable seed packages usually tell you how many days are required for growth. For example Cherry Bell radishes mature in 22 days. Of course this assumes, that the growing plant has warm soil temperatures and adequate moisture. Additional varieties that you can plant now are yellow squash, and green beans.


You can also plant at this time those varieties of vegetables that can withstand some frost. Examples would be lettuce, spinach, turnips, mustard greens, and cole crops, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Even though days are getting shorter and cooler fall temperatures are just around the corner, vegetable garden planting can still be done. Just keep in mind you have to select crops with short maturity days and crops that can withstand early fall frosts.