Enjoy late-season treats by planting a fall vegetable garden. Some veggies need to chill, preferring mild temperatures. That makes fall the perfect time to grow cool-season crops.
The vegetables listed below will survive a frost if given protection. During the first sign of cool weather, cover plants with a blanket, cardboard box, row covers or cold frames.
Six Veggies that Can Survive Frost
1. Sugar snap peas
Mouth-watering sugar snap peas grow best when temperatures get cooler. They’re also super nutritious with lots of vitamin C and iron in every bite.
Plant sugar snap peas prefer soil moist and need protection from frost so keep row covers nearby. Use a trellis for your sugar snap peas because these veggies like to climb. Sugar snap peas mature in 50 to 75 days depending on variety.
Cut beet greens when 4-6 inches tall. Harvest some varieties in just two months and eat beets throughout winter.
3. Broccoli and cauliflower
These cool-season vegetables love the cold. Harvest one large head 50-55 days after transplanting seedlings into the garden.
These veggies taste sweeter when grown in cool weather. Choose varieties that can be harvested in 60-70 days. Mulch with a heavy layer of straw, then harvest carrots throughout winter.
5. Leafy greens
Greens, fall’s hardiest vegetables, can be harvested in just over a month. Try kale, kohlrabi, collards and lettuce. Thin crowded plants and pick often. Most greens survive winter when covered and will return again in early spring.
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.