Gardeners love cool fall temperatures to sow and grow veggies. Plus, it may be your only chance to grow cool-season fall vegetables such as beets, broccoli, kale and more.
Plant seedlings now so they have time to grow to maturity. If you live in USDA Zones 8 to 9, these varieties will grow all winter. Check seed packets and this frost date calendar to determine exact planting dates.
Start by turning the soil, removing weeds and dead plants and adding organic amendments such as compost.
Six Veggies to Grow Now
Harvest some varieties such as Early Wonder and Detroit Dark Red in just under two months and eat beets throughout winter. Start snipping beet greens when they’re 4 to 6 inches tall.
Carrots taste sweeter when grown in cool weather. Choose varieties such as Imperator, Gold Spike or Chantenay that can be harvested in 60 to 70 days. Mulch with a layer of straw to harvest carrots throughout winter.
3. Kale, lettuce and other greens
Greens, fall’s hardiest vegetables, can be harvested in just over a month. Thin crowded plants and pick often. Most greens survive winter when covered and will return again in early spring. Try kale, kohlrabi, collards and lettuce.
You could also try spinach is one of fall’s hardiest vegetables. Varieties such as Virginia Savoy and Dixie Market can be harvested in just over a month. Thin crowded plants and pick often. Most greens survive winter when covered and will return again in early spring.
Get a last blast from your veggie patch with radishes. These spicy treats such as Comet and Early Scarlet Globe will be ready to pick in a little more than a month.
5. Chinese Cabbage
Cool weather actually makes cabbage taste sweeter. While there are many varieties to choose from, pick one you can harvest in 55 days.
6. Broccoli and Cauliflower
These cool-season vegetables grow best in extended cool weather. Expect to harvest one large head of Early Green Sprouting broccoli or Snowball cauliflower 50 to 55 days after transplanting seedlings into the garden.