Backyard Vegetable Garden: Time to Plant Fall Veggies

As summer begins to wane, it's time to plant cool-season veggies in your backyard vegetable garden. We've broken down the best times for planting for your area!


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.

harvested carrots

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

broccoli in vegetable garden

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

harvested garlic

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.

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.