For a long time I didn’t know which vegetables did well in the spring, summer, or winter. Sometimes I would plant cold weather crops in the summer time and warm weather crops in the winter. Doing this resulted in bitter tasting greens and poor yields of crops.
It’s a good thing to get an idea of when to plant certain crops that way nothing is wasted. One time I planted cabbage in the heat of the summer and it never produced heads. This year I planted them first thing in the spring and I got heads on almost every plant! I’m still learning as well, but I would like to share with you what I know so you don’t have to waste your time and garden space like I did.
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These plants below I sow in late summer. I live in zone 5 so this list is specific to that zone. I start planting mid July and will sow seeds into August and even in September. Here are my top plants I plant to have a fall harvest!
Yes I know what you’re thinking..but zucchini is a summer squash!? Yes I know, but I have success every year planting another round of zucchini and even yellow summer squash. I’ve even heard that squash bugs are not as bad in the fall. I never truly paid too close attention to tell you wether or not that’s true but I will definitely be paying attention this season!
I love beets! I love having a lot of fresh beets to boil for a snack. They are so good for you too. My favorite beets are called Detroit Red from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They always grow so well for me. The good thing about beets is that they are frost hardy and do well even in the cold!
I’ll be honest kale is not my favorite green, but my husband enjoys it in his salad. I wish I did enjoy it more because it is so good for you. I’ve seen kale grow under the snow! That’s so crazy to me! It’s definitely worth putting on your list for your fall garden.
Every year after my summer beans start getting old and not producing as much I start another round of beans. I love having fresh green beans for my favorite breakfast! So I always make sure I have them for as long as possible.
I always start more winter squash as well. These are honey nut squash I planted in July. I usually have good luck getting another round of squash in the fall.
Lettuce is another one that is good for the fall because it likes the cool weather. This is one I planted in the heat is summer and my lettuce didn’t taste nearly as good as when I grew it in the early spring or fall.
Here’s another one I messed up on. Hot weather equals tiny spinach plants that bolt before they even sprout their next set of leaves. I was shocked to see those tiny plants starting to flower when I haven’t even harvested a leaf off of them yet! Plant your spinach for an spring or fall harvest.
Sow your garlic in the fall to get a head start. Get your garlic in your garden bed in the fall and they’ll be among the first to sprout for you in the spring!
Make sure you sow more carrots! I plant carrots three times. Once in spring, early summer, and late summer for a fall harvest. I really enjoy my carrots and want to keep them coming as long as possible.
I love to garden, and I love getting as much out of the season that I can. You don’t have to end after your summer crop starts to die off. Pull up those old plants and sow new seeds and watch your garden flourish again!
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