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What vegetables to plant in your garden

Updated on January 30, 2013

As the summer slowly winds down and your spring and summer vegetable plants start producing slower, its time to start thinking about what to plant in your fall garden. There are many veggies you can plant in the late summer that will make your mouth water all the way to November and even December. In this article I will tell you a few of my favorite fall veggies to grow and when to sow them!

Remember to check with your local gardening center about the average first frost date for your growing zone, as this info is important!


Plant cabbage seedlings 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost. If the sun is still blazing at that time in your are make sure you plant them where they are protected from the sun. Cabbage are heavy feeding and need rich, fertile and moist soil. They usually mature in 70-75 days.


Plant your broccoli seedlings around 9 to 10 weeks before the first frost date in your area. Since there will still be some hot days left, keep the soil around the seedling mulched very well and keep them most so that they stay cool. 3 weeks after planting the seedlings, fertilize them with a low nitrogen fertilizer. will mature in 70 days.

Mustard Greens :

Sow seeds 6 weeks before the first frost. Keep the soil consistently moist to encourage rapid growth and tender greens. Very easy to grow, tasty too!


Spinach grows better in the fall versus the spring due to the cooler and shorter fall days , it keeps the ground moist. spinach can grow well into the winter and can survive temperatures into the mid 20s. make sure you plant them in very fertile soil.


lettuce can be ready to harvest in 45-60 days depending on the variety. Plant lettuce in the late summer but plant them in an area that protects them from the mid afternoon sun, keep the seedlings consistently moist. Lettuce can survive a light frost but a harsh frost will kill them.


I call radish the "feel good" veggie, because it grows so easy and fast it makes ya "feel good"! They don't need any fertilizer, just well drained fertile soil. Sow the radish seeds 4 to 5 weeks before the first frost and check them on a regular basis because they grow fast. Harvest them when they are an edible size. usually takes 25 to 45 days to harvest depending on variety.

These are just a couple of fall veggies my taste buds go crazy for, there are many thing you can grow in your fall garden, garlic,carrots,rutabaga,cauliflower, just to name a few. Like I said, check your growing zones average annual frost date, follow these steps and you are on you way to a plentiful fall garden.


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    • gorilla24 profile image

      gorilla24 5 years ago

      You are very welcome stacey...I hope you have a garden full of veggies!

    • Stacy Davis profile image

      Stacy Davis 5 years ago

      Thank you!! I was JUST thinking about what seeds I needed to get out and plant so I can have fall veggies!!

    • gorilla24 profile image

      gorilla24 5 years ago

      Thank you, you should write one I would love to read it!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I was just thinking about this topic. Good hub. Good timing.