Summer growing season might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to call it quits in your vegetable garden just yet. If you’re still itching to spend some more time in the garden, August is the perfect time to plant a fresh round of fresh veggies to harvest in the fall. You won’t regret it come Thanksgiving. Today we’ll look at a five of our favorite vegetables to plant in preparation for a bountiful autumn harvest.
Depending on the variety you choose, radishes will take between 25 and 50 days to reach maturity. You should typically plant them about 4 to 6 week before the first frost. Other root vegetables such as turnips, parsnips and celeriac are great additions to a fall vegetable garden as well. Radishes may be especially appealing to some gardeners because they grow so quickly.
These are great to plant in mid to late-summer because they develop a better, more robust flavor when they’re able to mature in cool weather. It will take about 90 days after planting for Brussels sprouts to be ready to harvest.
It never hurts to have some fresh greens around. Spinach seeds can be sowed just 5 weeks before the first frost, and can actually survive in temperatures as low as the 20s. Spinach grows particularly well in the moist, cool weather of the fall months.
Plant broccoli plants in your garden in the late summer, and feed them with low-nitrogen fertilizer about three weeks later. Keep the ground cool with a layer of mulch around your plantings, and give the plants a total of a little over two months to reach maturity. By the time November rolls around you’ll be ready to pick fresh, delicious broccoli.
Finally, why not plant a staple ingredient of hearty fall stews? Give cabbage plants 70 days to reach maturity, and protect them from the sunlight if you plant them while it’s still hot out. You should also take care to fertilize after you plant as cabbages require nutrient-rich soil for healthy growth.
These are just a few of our favorite fall veggies. Share some of yours with us in the comments!