Grower's Guide: Fall Crops You Should Start Growing Now
Every gardener looks forward to the fall months. The chill in the air and ideal weather makes it an exciting time to plant. But some are also preparing for rough winter weather. That doesn’t mean your garden has to suffer. If you choose ShelterLogic greenhouses, you have a great solution to growing crops in various climates. In fact, fall is the perfect time to invest in a greenhouse. The still soft ground makes assembling a greenhouse on your property ideal, and you'll be able to use it to effectively grow plants as the weather starts to cool.

First: Choose Your Greenhouse

If you’re looking to maximize the growing season, it’s important to choose the solution that’s right for you. From a simple in-a-box greenhouse solutions to larger high arch structures, there’s an option for everyone from hobbyist to professional grower. Whether you’re looking to just begin as a hobby, or perhaps you’re a very experienced grower, greenhouses will help you control the temperature and shield crops from the elements, giving you more time to grow. Here are some fantastic greenhouse choices for fall crops.
  • GrowIt Greenhouse-in-a-Box: Ready to build out of the box, this 6 x 8 greenhouse is perfect for any gardener. Easy-Flow side panels and zippered half-moon end panel vents give you maximum temperature control. The translucent, ripstop cover is waterproof and UV-treated.
  • GrowIt Heavy Duty Greenhouse: This is an ideal choice for an experienced grower who needs more space. This gives you quality construction and easy assembly. The specially designed ClearView triple-layer cover provides enhanced illumination for plant growth.
  • GrowIT High Arch Greenhouse: This choice is great for industrial needs. The sturdy steel frame greenhouse will give you 12 feet of overhead growing height. The heavy-duty translucent ripstop cover outperforms the competition.
  • ShelterTech High Tunnel Commercial Greenhouses: Configure your very own greenhouse with the ShelterTech. Choose your bundle and select what you need. With a hot dipped galvanized steel frame and the trademark Luminate cover, this is a great configurable option available in lengths up to 100 ft.


Fall Crops in Your Area

Fall Crops Now that you’ve decided which greenhouse is best for your needs, here comes the fun part. It’s time to decide which fall crops will fill your greenhouse. What should you start growing this fall to ensure your plants can survive the winter? That question can depend on where you live, according to The Spruce. It’s important to check out USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map to understand which crops you should plant, and when. Arugula, lettuce, and spinach are three choices that will thrive just about anywhere. They are hardy fall crops that will last through tough weather and provide you with gorgeous salads for months to come. Broad beans and peas are also options that will do well if you plant them now. Planting in autumn means you’ll get to enjoy them about a month earlier next spring. Onions and shallots will also do well in your greenhouse over the fall and winter. The Telegraph suggests some shallots are best to plant a little later in December, but notes Jermor is a variety to try out planting in September. While there are plenty of delicious vegetables to grow in Autumn, you shouldn’t forget herbs! Parsley, chives, and thyme are a few choices that can thrive in a greenhouse through colder temperatures. Don’t give up on growing gorgeous vegetables in the chillier months. With a little planning, you can reap the benefits of a greenhouse with fall crops in your own backyard. Whether you’re a hobby gardener or a professional grower, a greenhouse is a smart choice to grow the best crops year-round. For more on what you to plant in your greenhouse along with a season by season guide, make sure to follow our Grower’s Guide series.