It’s crazy to think how early we need to start thinking about how and what we are going to plant in the cool weather seasons! Planting a fall garden is great because it is such low maintenance compared to a summer garden.
Our garden here is trying it’s best to get the last bit of vegetable and fruit growth it can muster as the temperatures start fluctuating pretty dramatically between day and night. Luckily, we’ve been experiencing an epic heat wave that is in it’s second week so this is just what we need for that one last push.
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I know soon the nights will be cooler, and in no time we’ll be waking up to a cool morning dew and frost on our cars and crops. It’s usually about this time where we begin to think about what to plant for the fall garden.
So what do we do now? For starters, enjoy what we have left! Get in that garden and do the weeding, don’t give up! You’ll be longing for the days where you can spend hours in there pruning and picking…and sweating!
Start planning for the Fall Garden
The game isn’t over folks, this is prime time for round two! What will you want to plant and harvest this fall and winter? Now is the time to start prepping and planting your fall garden.
Here, we stick to the basics because it’s just too tough getting outside in the colder weather, mostly because I hate it. I like to stick with what I’ll really benefit from and use often.
Best Vegetables to Grow in a Fall Garden
It’s a great time of year to get started on planning where your garlic will go. Pick a sunny spot and keep in mind when your fall frost will take place, especially if you’re in a geography that gets hard frost like me here in the Northeast, plan to get a good 6 weeks ahead of that frost.
Otherwise, warmer climate lucky ducks can wait until winter wraps up in February and March. For those of us who are planting in the fall, expect to reap the benefits in the beginning on the following summer, in July or August.
Oh my oh my let’s rejoice and celebrate the glory that is potato growing season.
I am practically made out of potatoes. If I could eat potatoes for every meal I would. They are so versatile and so easy to make and so delicious. Ok, I’ve gotten off topic so let’s get back to growing potatoes in your fall garden. You can do it a few different ways.
Yes, no longer is your only option to plant them directly into the ground, but you can easily plant them in bags, or buckets and get the same fabulous effect.
This is wonderful for those who need a break from the backaches induced by hunching over and pulling plants. Take a look at this super easy too use potato grow bag.
I love broccoli. I do really enjoy the new creative uses for it, like broccoli ‘rice’, however, I usually eat it is as a raw snack or steamed. My baby enjoys it steamed and pureed as well so I’ll give it to her as much as I can until she starts being a picky toddler!
The great news is that we can plant broccoli now in August in full sun with richly fertilized soil for a fall harvest. Again, check the frosting schedule for your region as you’ll want to seed about 3 months before the frost.
Broccoli does really well in cool weather and will need a lot of water, so make sure you’re mulching here too to keep plants moist and don’t wet growing broccoli heads.
This leafy vegetable has a ton of health benefits that you can reap year round. Also, seeing as how it’s usually a bit more expensive when buying from the grocery store, planting your own will save you heaps!
When planting spinach, you’ll be looking for a spot that gets a lot a light and can be shaded at times as well. You’ll want to look to plant these in late September to early October once temperatures drop to a consistent 60-70 degrees.
This is a great crop to grow in the fall as many leafy vegetables grow best in the cool weather months. You’ll need to prune them once they grow two inches, and again, remember to mulch!
When to Plant Fall Crops
Check your frost schedule for your grow zone, but the rule of thumb for growing fall vegetables is to start sowing three months before first frost.
You want the seedlings to be strong enough and hardened off enough to plant into the ground while it’s still soft. Start off with premium seeds, like the ones below. All of these great seeds will do well in a fall garden.
Grow as many, or as little as you like! This bundle includes: broccoli, beets, carrots, cauliflower, fava beans, kale, peas, and radish.
How to Start Planting the Fall Garden
It’s super simple to get a fall garden started indoors, or even outdoors! You can do this a few ways actually, but let’s look at two super simple solutions to starting your cool weather vegetable seeds.
I really like these Biodegradable Peat Pots. They make transplanting seedlings super simple and easy because you can just put the actual pot right in the ground! They are all-inclusive and this one comes in a pack of 50.
You can also start your fall garden by using an indoor greenhouse to start your seedlings. This one is great because it’s small enough to tuck into a corner. It is lightweight and has wheels so it can easily be moved into an area that gets more light once the season changes. You can also start it outside and move it inside once it gets a bit chilly!