Fall is more often than not associated with being a time of harvest and with wrapping up any summer gardening activities. What many people are not aware of however is that it can still be used as a time of growing vegetables in the garden. Growing later in the season will increase your yield of crops since there are fewer pests and diseases during this time in the cooler weather.
Typically for fall gardening, seeds should be planted sometime in late July/early August in order to give crops time to mature enough for harvesting. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, kale, spinach, turnips and rutabagas are among the ideal candidates for growing during this time. It is important to remember with these that they will require to be watered regularly. Any breaks in watering for slow-growing plants will cause them not to be able to reach maturity in time.
In colder regions, frost can be an issue as well, but some plants are so resilient that they can survive. These include beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collards, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, rutabagas, Swiss chard and turnips. When choosing your plants, also make sure to select the ones with a shorter maturity span in order to be certain they will be ready for picking in time. If you are uncertain if a plant can be grown in the fall, be sure to confirm with a gardening professional.