While you may be enjoying the warm temperatures of summer, it is hard to think of fall, changing leaves and cool temperatures. But, fall isn’t far away, which means it is time to get ready to plant cool-season veggies in your backyard vegetable garden. Those of you who live in cold climates need to start planting right away while gardeners in warmer climates have a broader planting window.
Before planting, you may want to add some compost and aged steer, horse or chicken manure to your garden soil to improve texture and add nutrients before planting. Click here, for more information on different types of amendments.
I have broken down vegetable planting dates by zone along with the types of vegetables that can be planted – so let’s get started.
Zones 3 & 4:
August – kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, radish and spinach.
October – garlic
Zones 5 – 6:
August – beets, radish, spinach and turnips
September – beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce (plant the beginning of the month), onion sets, spinach and turnips
October – garlic
Zones 7 – 8:
August – bush beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards and kale
September – beets, cabbage, carrots (plant by the 15th), collards, leaf lettuce, onion sets, radish, spinach and turnips (plant by the 15th)
October – garlic, onion sets, radish and spinach (plant by the 15th)
November – asparagus and onion sets
December – asparagus
Zones 9 – 10: (some warm season vegetables can be planted in these zones in fall)
August – broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes and turnips
September – beets, broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions (seed & sets), radish, summer squash and turnips
October – beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onion (seed & sets), radish, spinach, strawberry and turnips
November – beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, kale, kohlrabi, onions (seed & sets), radish, spinach and strawberry
December – beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, onions (seed & sets) and radish
All of these recommended planting dates are approximate. For more detailed information, check with your local cooperative extension office, which should be able to provide you with a vegetable planting calendar specific to your area.
So, what are you waiting for? Fall will be here before you know it, so get your favorite cool season vegetables in the ground before time runs out For more information on cool-season vegetable gardening, click here.