As the leaves begin to change, and jack-o-lanterns begin to appear on our neighbor’s porches, it is safe to say the fall season has begun. With Autumn’s cooler weather and crisp mornings, planting in the fall can produce a plentiful garden and harvest.
Some vegetables that thrive in such conditions include the heartier varieties like broccoli, lettuce, kale, cabbage and Swiss chard. Planting seeds in late August to early September is the best time to do so; however, it is not too late to plant in October, but we recommend planting vegetables that are considered to be “frost tolerant.” If you’re starting your garden with seeds, Better Homes and Gardens suggests planting about eight weeks before your last frost date of the season.
Frost-tolerant vegetables to plant in the Fall
- Lettuce: This vegetable is considered to be one of the most versatile of garden plants and comes in an array of varieties. We especially love working with lettuce in our Eco Garden Bed because the vegetable only needs a small amount of space to grow, leaving room for other vegetables to add to our salads.
- Broccoli: Tasty and easy to grow, broccoli is nutrient-packed and grows especially well in cold weather. In your Eco Garden Bed, plant seeds about ½ inch apart and make sure the plant gets a partial amount of sun throughout the day. Harvest about 2 months after planting.
- Cabbage: The perfect addition to any warm soup on a cool day, cabbage is a classic vegetable that grows well in any garden during the fall season.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to notice the sweet, nutty flavor found in these cool season vegetables. This is typically caused from the light frost conditions the vegetables are exposed to during the season and can increase the amount of nutrients found in your garden harvest.
Not planning on gardening this fall? October and winter months, like December, are also the perfect time to prep your raised garden bed and get ready for the Spring season.