Fall Vegetable Garden Guide

September 22 has come and gone, but it’s not too late to grow a fruitful fall harvest.
By following our fall vegetable garden guide, you’ll have fresh homegrown produce on the dinner table in no time.

Fall Vegetable Garden

What veggies can you plant during fall?

With winter weather right around the corner, you’ll want to plant vegetables that can go from seed to table in 40 days or less. In some areas of the country, like zones 8-10, growing season can last as late December, and a light frost will make your veggies taste a little sweeter. For the best harvesting outcome, we suggest these fall vegetables:

  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Asian greens
  • Mustard
  • Turnips
  • Radishes

Plants that can grow despite light frosting include:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Swiss chard
  • Green onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks

Preparing your Fall Vegetable Garden

Clear the space for your new veggies. Pull out all of the plants that are no longer performing well, like tomatoes and peas, or remnants from crops already harvested, like your potatoes, onions, or sweet corn. Pull out all of the weeds to give your new vegetables their best chance at growth. Any remaining weeds can absorb the moisture that your new plants need to grow. If you’re working with clay-heavy soil, you might find it helpful to add some organic matter, like compost, to the planting area.

Tending to your Fall Vegetable Garden

If you live in an area with particularly warm falls, you’ll want to be sure your garden is well-watered. Fall veggies will grow best with about an inch of water per week. Once your seedlings are established, you can transition from several lighter waterings to one deep watering each week.

As fall moves closer to winter, and frosts become more consistent, you may want to consider protecting your vegetables with a nursery cover. Commercial Bag & Supply is happy to asset you with custom garden fabric orders for any of your fall vegetable garden needs.

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