Planting Vegetables for a Fall Harvest

We are still in summer now, but fall is on the way! The days are getting shorter, night is getting longer, and it is time to plan your fall harvest this year. There are dozens of vegetables that thrive in the cooler weather, and the time to start planting them is now!

Why plant a fall garden?

  • Planting fall crops allows you to continue gardening and doing what you love for longer than just the summer!
  • Some vegetables produce better in the fall!
  • Cooler temperatures mean less watering and less work for you.
  • Warm soil is great for good germination, so when you begin planting in August for fall, the soil will be warm, and your seeds will grow rapidly!

Vegetables that can be planted in the late summer for a fall harvest:

  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Parsley
  • Bush beans
  • Summer squash
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Broccoli
  • Cilantro

Consider your climate

Living here in the Midwest, it can be difficult to grow a lot of vegetables that thrive in both summer and fall. If you live in a warmer part of the country, you will be able to plant a wider array of vegetables that can easily survive mild fall weather conditions!

Allow your crops to thrive

Vegetables that mature quickly are the best crops for fall. Consistent soil moisture is one of most important aspects of successful fall vegetable crops. Planting in the late summer means constant hot days that will dry out your seedlings. The moisture in the soil will protect the seeds from the heat.

Also, placing mulch around root crops in the cooler weather will help retain soil warmth so your vegetables will continue to grow throughout the fall season.

Yes, even in the Midwest you can have crops in the fall

If your lettuce plants are wilted, the beans stopped flowering and the squash surrendered to viruses, it is time to take them out of the ground and plant something new! August is the right time to begin planning and planting your vegetables for a fall harvest. Don’t just stop in the summer. Enjoy your home-grown, ripe vegetables after the summer and into the fall and winter seasons!

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