Start Planning For Those Fall Crops

As summer slowly starts turning into fall, it is the opportune time to start getting ready for the fall crops. Most gardeners think that the garden ends with summer, but actually the fall can be the best time of year for planting. In late summer many pests are decreased in numbers, and weeds begin to slow their pace a bit. The days are still long, and the soil is warm. There are less gardening activities going on so you have more time to spend on your fall plants.

My bewildered squash patch will soon be replaced with spinach

Many vegetables actually taste better when planted in late summer, and harvested after the first frost, such as collards. When planted in the spring and harvested in the summer, these plants can become bitter.

What Can Be Planted Now For A Fall Crop

Much of what can be planted in late July and August, depends upon which zone you live in. The southern zones (zones 7 through 9) are much hotter, which means it can make it difficult for seeds to germinate. Try starting seeds indoors until the plants get their first two true leaves. If growing indoors is not an option for you, plant directly in the garden, but make sure you keep the seedlings well watered. You may need to provide some shade during the hottest parts of the day, or provide a layer of mulch to help keep the soil a little cooler.

If you live in a cooler climate, say zone 6 to zone 4, try using vegetables that have quick maturity rates. A vegetable such as spinach, which is usually ready to pick in 35 to 40 days, would work nicely.

Arugula Makes For a Good Fall Vegetable

Arugula Makes For a Good Fall Vegetable

Here is a short list of vegetables you can plant now for a great fall or winter crop:

  • Lettuces
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnips
  • Arugula

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  • Bok Choi
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Beets
  • Cabbage

There are many more than can be added to the list, but this is just a sampling.

Planning For Fall Crops

It’s always a great idea to put together a garden plan for any garden you intend to grow. The fall garden is no exception.

Planning for the fall garden can be a little trickier because you will need to work around existing plants in your garden, where as the spring and summer gardens are started with a clean slate.

This is where a handy garden planning tool like comes into play. GrowVeg really shines when it comes to planning a fall garden because it can track what vegetables can be planted at what times for your particular area.

It even supplies a succession planting chart to help you track all your plantings throughout the whole year.

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3 Comments on Start Planning For Those Fall Crops

  1. Got lots of greens planted on my balcony. Def want to get some more planted. Thanks for the list of what else can be planted.

  2. I love fall planting in So Cal. Though it is hard to predict sudden bursts of heat out of nowhere (like today) Good list of veges, thank you. Spinach is one of my faves. Q: Will my tomatoes makeanother crop if I cut back the stragglers?

  3. I know I’m too late to do any fall planting this year, but I will definitely keep this in mind for the future. And thanks for the tip about I’ve always struggled to figure out a way to make the most of my limited gardening space. This looks like it would be a huge help.

    Stan Horst

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