Ten Edibles to Grow this Fall

Getting the kids back to school and heading to the lake for the long Labor Day weekend aren’t the only ways we kick off autumn. Planting cool weather crops such as lettuce, broccoli and spinach is also an activity that signals the advent of the season.

Many gardeners don’t realize that the end of summer doesn’t signal the end of home grown vegetables and herbs. There are quite a few things we can grow during the cool, short days of fall. Here are eleven of my top favorites.











Fall Vegetable Garden Tips

You can harvest leafy greens just a few weeks after planting.

Find out the first frost date in your area and compare it to the maturity dates of plants. This will help you determine what and when to plant.

Use cold frames and frost blankets to extend the growing season.

18 Responses to Ten Edibles to Grow this Fall

  1. Cheryl says:

    Can you tell me how to grow radishes that are not hot to eat.? I have tried several varieties, they all are too hot,help!

    • Joan says:

      Have you tried French Breakfast radishes? I found those to be mild enough for my taste.

    • Radishes usually end up too hot from too little water or irregular water. It is not due to the type of radish so much. Many store-bought radishes are hydroponically grown, which helps make them quite mild. Water a lot, especially in sandy soil (twice daily may be needed).

    • Rich Carter says:

      are there plants available, is it to late to plant seeds??thx, Rich

  2. L. Lyle says:

    Using frost blankets last year, I was able to have cabbage on Christmas, The only thing that didn’t work, were tomatoes. They began to taste weird and I gave up on them in November. It was fun growing vegetable sin the late Fall and I recommend it to others.

  3. Mary Fay says:

    I decided last year to grow more veggies in the fall/winter than in the summer after a very successful fall/winter garden. There are less bugs and I don’t have to water. Here in NC we can grow a variety of greens, parsnips, turnips, etc. for the winter. This fall I hope to harvest salsify for the first time.

  4. Julie Adolf says:

    Last year we grew veggies all year using the simplest low tunnel–cement ladders bent into arches and covered with plastic. Cabbage, eight varieties of heirloom lettuce, radishes, cauliflower, peas, kale, Swiss chard–it was divine! I’m anxiously awaiting my fall seeds to arrive.

    • STRAUGHAN says:

      Can you explain what low-cement ladder is?
      We would like to try more greens in the fall/winter
      when we could use less water and also have less bugs.

    • Jan says:

      same question – what is a tunnel-cement ladder bent into an arch?

      also, where do you live (what planting zone?)


    • MS says:

      I would say a cement ladder is a concrete panel used when laying concrete or I prefer a cow fencing panel or pig fencing panel bent in the shape of an arch that is very sturdy and can be covered with plastic. I use T-posts, one on the outside of each corner, to tie to. I use the plastic hay twine to tie the panel in several spots to the T-posts. PVC pipe in concrete blocks also works. I’ve done both. It’s cheap, easy, and easy to remove or move. Cover with clear plastic I get in rolls in the hardware section at Walmart. Happy gardening.

  5. REA says:

    Great ideas. I’m growing red cabbage now. I started my planting late in June due to East Coast NY had a late frost up until end of May. Some of my produce I’m growing is taking a long time in maturing – heriloom pink tomatoes, lemon cucumbers (it’s all flowers but no fruit yet!), sweet peppers, and cayenne. Not sure what gives on the lemon cumbers- so may yellow flowers. I’m finally growing a pineapple!

  6. tonete bashor says:

    My soil seems to have a fungus because I had a problem with squash this last season. How do I get rid of it for my fall veggies?

    • candace says:

      Squash are almost impossible to grow, there are so may pests. Don’t worry about your winter crops. They are not attacked by all the summer fungi and bugs.

  7. Phyllis Saint Clair says:

    At the end of the growing season, I pick all my green tomatoes, place them on newspapers on the basement floor. On Christmas day I enjoy fresh tomatoes from my garden.
    Phyllis S.

  8. Lori Lay says:

    Is there somewhere to get watercress seeds to grow my own?? I hear it is a super food !! thank you…

  9. Marilyn Freeman says:

    What is a good fall ground cover that i can plant now.
    are there any fall/winter herbs that will stay green all winter. I have rosemary, but it is an area with very little sun. also damp.

  10. Mary says:

    I planted a late crop of green beans last year and the beans were so nice !! Less pests , prettier crop!! SAme as now it is Late September and my green beans are just now budding !! but hope they make it !! I freeze mine , they are so good throughout winter !!

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