Planting a fall garden is a great way to extend the gardening season and enjoy fresh garden vegetables up until frost. Although it is a little difficult to grow a fall garden in my Maine garden, there are some vegetables that can be planted now in nearly every region of the United States.
- Zones 3 through 6: Gardeners in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 6 can enjoy fresh greens throughout the fall. These quick-growing, cool season crops still have time to grow in northern gardens and can be planted now. Most are eaten as greens and can be grown in the garden - or potted in window boxes or containers - to extend the gardening season. Because many greens bolt in the heat of summer, and are not damaged by light frost, they are ideal for fall growing. Plant lettuce, radish, beets, spinach, chard or kale in northern garden now to extend your harvest into the fall.
- Zones 7 through 9: Gardeners in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 9 can add peas, carrots and cole crops, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage to the line up for the fall garden. Because frost doesn't arrive until late October to late November, peas and carrots have time to mature and cole crops develop good flavor.
- Zones 10 and 11: Gardeners in USDA plant hardiness zone 10 can add winter squash to the roundup, while those in zone 11 can garden year round without the worries of cold weather damage. Subtropical regions can plant any vegetable in the fall for winter harvest.
Whether you are a northern gardener like me, or are fortunate enough to live in an area where you can garden year round, planting fall vegetables now will provide you with a tasty treat after the summer garden is gone.
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