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.