Everyone knows that most vegetables are grown in the summer. But let’s dive into the topic of Fall vegetable gardens and the veggies that thrive when it’s not so warm.
Do you love vegetable gardening and all things sustainable? I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a fan of sustainable gardening, all throughout the season! Most people’s gardens die off in the fall, but what if I told you that you could grow vegetables throughout the fall and winter? I’m serious! It’s possible to grow vegetables to sustain your family throughout the fall months.
Fall Vegetable Gardens
Here’s what’s good to grow when it comes to fall vegetable gardening:
Did you know that broccoli can germinate in temperatures as cold as 40 degrees farenheit? Make sure you plant these at least 45 days before your first fall frost to ensure a plentiful fall harvest.
Brussel Sprouts are surprisingly tolerant of a cold fall frost. Like broccoli, they can withstand temperatures of only 40 degrees! Brussel Sprouts actually do well in cooler temperatures. Plant them in late fall for maximum harvest and great Fall vegetable gardening!
Kale is known for it’s tolerance to cold weather, late fall frosts, and the harshest of conditions. Nothing is too crazy for Kale to grow in! Sow your seeds in late summer for kale all winter long in your vegetable garden. Check out this article for more on growing kale!
Depending on the variety of lettuce that you choose: there are several varieties that hold up well against fall frosts and early snow storms. There’s nothing more cheerful than a delicious salad in the middle of winter! Check out this article from Gardeners for more information on growing lettuce.
Parsnips like it cold! Parsnips germinate best in temperatures of only 45 degrees farenheight. Sow your seeds in the late summer months, and plan on harvesting them in late October.
While this veggie might not be a hit on many dinner tables, it’s always been a hit in my late fall vegetable garden! Plant Cauliflower at least 8 weeks before the first frost in your area. Plan to harvest in the early winter months!
My family doesn’t totally love the idea of eating peas, but I sure do love the idea of growing them! Plant your seeds all year round, just make sure you’re picking a variety that does best in cooler temperatures. The Farmers Almanac has more tips and tricks for growing peas all year long! Peas are a must have vegetable garden addition.
Naturally, Pumpkins would be on our list of vegetables perfect for fall gardening! However, it should be mentioned that pumpkin seeds only sprout in temperatures of 65 degrees or higher. Start your seeds indoors, and then transplant them outdoors six weeks before your first frost. They’re great for all things fall vegetable gardening! These pumpkins will be ready just in time for Thanksgiving!
Honorable Mention: Bell Peppers
OK, bell peppers are not exactly the ideal fall garden plant. In fact, they’re quite susceptible to early light frosts and need to be protected from freezing. But bell peppers in pots? Easy peasy to move them indoors when temperatures are about to drop.