Fall Vegetable Gardens
Planting Guide For Cool Weather Crops
You may want to start some of your vegetables from transplants rather than seed. Starting from transplants as opposed to seed is slightly more expensive but your success rate is improved.
Semi Hardy Vegetables
Vegetables that are best started from transplants for Fall Gardens include:
Carrots - Will tolerate light frost and can be harvested while immature if the temperatures dip early
Cauliflower - is frost tolerant only when it matures in the fall.
Celery - Exposure to cold for over a week can cause plants to bolt and produce seeds.
Chinese Cabbage - does well in cool weather. Warm weather can cause it to prematurely bolt to seed.
Endive - Ideal for fall gardens, frost improves the flavor and makes them less bitter
Irish potatoes - Irish potatoes usually thrive in the cool weather, sometimes a hard freeze ruins them.
Lettuce - Performs well in both spring and fall gardens
Radicchio - Radicchio plants handle fall frosts very well. In cold climates, frozen heads can still be harvested and eaten.
Rutabaga - Salsify and Swiss chard are also considered semi-hardy fall vegetables
Kale is a great selection and is the hardiest of all of the crops, it will continue producing well into the next season.
Another advantage of fall gardens is that the crops that mature in a low temperatures will also retain their quality much longer while still in the garden. Those that are extremely winter hardy can actually be left in the ground until needed for dinner.
Herbs that fair well in cool weather