Summer is a great time to plant a lot of vegetables, but winter gardening has some stand out winners. Fall gardening can start in September in many areas, and in October in the South and Southwest. What’s unique about this growing season is that it can be separated into two short growing seasons or one long season. In areas that receive a hard freeze in December or January, you can protect the plants and they will come back, creating two seasons. In milder climates, there is one lone continuous winter season that kicks off with fall planting. Here are the best veggies for fall gardening that can be planted and harvested whether in a short or long growing season – make sure to check the amount of days to maturity!
Best Vegetables for Fall Gardening
Best Vegetables to Grow from Seed
Seed packets make it so you can try out numerous different types of vegetables for very little investment. Who knew there were over a dozen different types of kale, or hundreds of varieties of tomatoes?
The best vegetables to grow from seeds are:
- Swiss Chard
- snow peas
- shelling peas
If you have a long winter growing season, try tomatoes from seeds so you can plant many different kinds; if you don’t, grab a transplant.
Best Vegetables to Grow from Transplants
Vegetables that take a little bit longer to get to maturity should be grown from transplants in the fall. When you want to grow a head vegetable, like cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli, always grow from transplant or you might run out of good weather. Brussels Sprouts are another vegetable that does best when grown from a transplant. In warmer climates, also plant green peppers, short season pumpkins and winter squashes.
Be creative this year and choose a plant you have always wanted to grow and try it in your fall garden. Choose different varieties and see what your family likes to eat more or what grows better in your garden. The possibilities are endless when choosing great tasting, homegrown vegetables for your fall gardening project.