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Cool Season Vegetables for Gardening

Updated on September 29, 2012
Cool Season Garden Vegetables
Cool Season Garden Vegetables | Source

It’s fall again with cooler nights and wonderful fall foliage. Time for pumpkins and mums, but don’t put away your garden tools yet. There is still plenty of time to harvest an abundance of yummy vegetables from your garden. Many varieties of cool-season vegetables will continue to grow in your garden throughout this season. So get out your seeds and start growing!

Tips for Growing Garden Greens

Rather than growing just one or two types of greens in your garden, try mixing several different kinds of lettuce seeds in a bowl and use this mixture in your garden. When they have grown, you can harvest a few leaves from each to make a colorful and tasty salad!

Lettuce Varieties
Lettuce Varieties | Source

Grow Your Own Asian Greens!

Want a wonderful salad tonight with an Asian flair? Grow these greens in your garden along side your other basic vegetables:

  • Bok choy
  • Mizuna
  • Tatsoi
  • Pac choi

Cool Season Vegetables to Grow:

  • Leaf lettuces - Leaf lettuce and red-tipped leaf lettuce have a mild sweet flavor with delicate leaves which make this a great lettuce to use in many different types of salads.
  • Spinach - One of my personal favorites, I use spinach raw in salads and in soups and lasagna. This is a wonderful versatile green to grow in your fall garden.
  • Swiss chard - You might compare the large stems of this leafy green with celery; the leaves have a great spinach-like taste.
  • Arugula - This green has a much stronger flavor than the other greens mentioned. You can grow this in your cool-season garden to add contrast in your salads.
  • Mustard Greens - A wonderful green to add to your garden this fall - great for cooking.
  • Kale - A wonderful nutrient rich green that can be used raw in salads or cooked in a great recipe. You might even try making kale chips from this easy to grow vegetable!
  • Cress - With it's peppery flavor, this green would be used sparingly in salads or sandwiches. A nice vegetable to add some variety to your garden and your kitchen table this fall!
  • Radicchio - Use this to mix into your salad as a wonderful color contrast to your greens and adds a slightly bitter flavor to the mix.
  • Peas - Since these vegetables can tolerate frost, most peas are a great addition to your fall cool season garden. Try snap peas, snow peas, or shell peas!
  • Brussel Sprouts - A wonderful vegetable and also frost resistant, you can continue to harvest through the cool season.
  • Radishes - Grow these and mix in with all your variety of greens for a colorful and tasty contrast. This vegetable loves the cool weather!
  • Carrots - This vegetable similar with other root crops like radishes, does best in cool weather. So many different recipes that you can make with this basic garden vegetable - think stews or soups for cool weather!
  • Beets - Another great vegetable that does best with cool season conditions!
  • Onions - You can still grow these in the fall; a basic garden vegetable. Try different varieties like white or red onions for your fall meals.
  • Broccoli - This vegetable is wonderfully sweet when harvested in the fall - it loves the cool season. One of my favorite vegetables to steam or to use in salads.
  • Cabbages - Try both red and winter white cabbages for your fall cool season garden. A wonderful and versatile vegetable to cook with.
  • Cauliflower - This vegetable does great in places with mild winters. A great fall vegetable to add to your garden.

You can seed directly into your garden in late August just keep in mind that you may need to shade the area from daytime sun and heat. Another great idea is to plant vegetables wherever there is space in your garden: you can plant them in between perennials for example. The cool season can still give you a great variety of tasty vegetables on your kitchen table. Best of luck with your cool-season garden!

About the Author

Kristy Rose loves a great salad and is always looking for healthy ways to feed her family! She is also passionate about writing, especially on Hubpages. If you want to join the Hubpages community, start here and you can publish your first article today!


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      3 years ago

      OK, so I have been friends with your cueomtsr Doris McDowell for about a year and a half and I am just now hearing about this. PUT ME ON THE LIST, even if all you currently have available is dandelion greens and dirt.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi all - thanks for all the great comments! I'm down in NC so we may have a little longer than some of you to grow cool season veggies.

      mpropp - here's a great link from the Univ of Minnesota with planting dates:

      Look's like mid-August might be the latest date to sow from seed in your area (check the list for specifics).

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      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, I didn't realize there were so many cool weather veggies! I'm especially partial to swiss chard and brussel sprouts, although all of these are delicious. Thanks so much...this is very valuable information for gardeners. : )

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome hub with great information about cool season vegetable gardening, i used to do this to but now only make a summer garden.

      Well done and vote up !!!

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      Tuesdays child 

      6 years ago from In the garden

      Very nice hub! I've found here in southern Wisconsin that we must plant our fall crops by mid-July to ensure a harvest before the first frost unless we have good frost protection. I voted your hub up!!

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      Melissa Propp 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting hub! I really thought that after the first frost, we were pretty much finished with gardening. I didn't realize all the vegetables you mentioned were fall crops. If you don't do seeds (maybe you use small plants) do you still plant end of August? Or could you plant them in Sept? Also, how long from planting till harvesting? I live in MN and we might have a snow in October (not normal, but it happens). Would there be enough time for a cool season planting?


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