Fall is an ideal time to be a gardener. That perfect cool weather means you can tend to your crops without breaking a sweat. The fantastic crisp air signals it’s time to plant certain crops ahead of the first frost. Here are a list of fall vegetables to plant for a beautiful and tasty garden.
Fall Vegetables to Plant Anywhere
Before you get started planting in the fall, you should always check this interactive map for the plant hardiness zone. What you grow in the Pacific Northwest might be different than crops in New England. By learning which plants will thrive in your climate, this will give you a better chance at a successful growing season.
If you’re looking for fall vegetables to plant that will get to your table quickly, arugula, radishes, spinach, and turnips are all ideal. Other tasty fall vegetables to grow and when:
- Beets- plant 10 to 12 weeks before first frost date
- Collards: plant 6-8 weeks before first frost date
- Peas- plant 2-3 months before first frost date, depending on variety
- Radishes- plant 4 weeks before first frost
- Kale- plant 6-8 weeks before the first frost
Pro Tip: Hardy vegetables like spinach and kale will grow into winter, and light frost can actually make them sweeter!
Defy the Odds: Greenhouse Growing
While you should always learn the most you can about your growing climate, investing in a greenhouse will extend your season by allowing you to control the temperature for your crops. When thinking about fall vegetables to plant, you don’t have to worry so much about an early frost with the protection of a greenhouse. Here are three choices ideal for planting crops this fall:
GrowIT Backyard Greenhouse: For a compact yet durable choice, this greenhouse is great for beginners and experts alike. You can be assured you will produce quality plants even faster with this choice, featuring Shelterlogic’s trademark Luminate Diffusion Fabric. The incredibly simple setup is an added bonus, coming together in about an hour and a half. The high-grade steel frame resists chipping, peeling, and corrosion.
GrowIT Heavy Duty Greenhouse: If you’re a more experienced grower, this greenhouse delivers you quality construction with easy assembly. Enjoy the convenience of roll-up side panels and screen vents at each end for extra airflow and temperature control. The clear translucent cover also gives your plants a little extra light to aid with growth.
ShelterLogic High Tunnel Greenhouse: Here is your ultimate choice in greenhouse growing. This option allows you endless customization. You can buy only what you need, from the frame to the entire greenhouse kit. This greenhouse is constructed with galvanized USA manufactured carbon steel for ultimate strength.
The greatest thing about a greenhouse is your customization options. No matter where you live, you can create the perfect temperature for the crops you’d like to grow. Learn about more greenhouse growing tips here.
As we talked about in our past Grower’s Guide blog, you shouldn’t need to keep your greenhouse heated for these cool-season crops because of their hardiness. If you invest in a greenhouse, deciding which fall vegetables to plant will be exciting because of all the new possibilities. Greenhouses increase your growing season and yield for a minimal investment.