When you think of gardening, do you only think of spring? If so, you’re not alone since that seems to be a pretty common thought process. Moving past spring and planting a fall garden is a great way to continue growing amazing fresh foods for your family once the temperatures turn colder. If you’re planning on having a fall garden, consider adding these 6 Fall Garden Plants for a Bountiful Harvest. They will grow through the season to give you a lush harvest even after the temperatures have fallen.
6 Fall Garden Plants for a Bountiful Harvest
Broccoli – Broccoli is a hardy vegetable that can tolerate a hard frost if it needs to. This means that you can plant it in late summer or the fall and it will still be okay even if the temps get truly cold. Broccoli will be okay down to as cold as 25 degrees F. However, you will be risking it if you leave it in the ground much longer than that. Here are more tips for growing broccoli.
Spinach – If you love fresh spinach, make sure to add it to your fall garden! It is an extremely hardy plant and like broccoli, can withstand a hard frost. Plant yours and harvest it before the weather drops below 28 (or so) degrees. For preserving spinach, you’ll want to dehydrate or freeze the fresh leaves. Here are more tips for growing spinach.
Rosemary – Rosemary is great for growing in a kitchen herb garden, but if you need to plant it outdoors, it makes a fantastic fall plant! Once you harvest it, freeze or dehydrate your crop so that it stays fresh longer. If you are worried about a hard frost hitting before you can get your rosemary harvested, consider moving your plants inside to a kitchen herb garden. Here are more tips for growing rosemary.
Lettuce – Lettuce is another great plant for fall gardens, but it is one that you’ll want to be a bit careful with. Because you can’t really freeze or dehydrate lettuce, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t plant more than your family can reasonable use. If you do happen to have a larger crop than needed, consider donating it to a local food pantry or family in need. For lettuce, you’ll want to have it out of the ground before the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Here are more tips for growing lettuce.
Cabbage – Cabbage is another hardy plant that can withstand a hard frost. Plant it in the summer or early fall and harvest before the temps drop below about 25 degrees. Add it to soups or your favorite freezer meals to preserve and keep it fresher longer. Here are more tips for growing cabbage.
Brussels Sprouts – If you love roasted Brussels sprouts, you’ll love that they’re a great fall plant for fall gardens! Plant them late and you’ll be fine until the temperatures drop below 28 degrees. Harvest them and freeze to keep them fresh longer. Here are more tips for growing Brussels Sprouts.
These 6 fall garden plants are by far the only ones that you can plant for a bountiful fall garden. Beets, chards, kale, radish, cauliflower, and celery can all be planted in the fall as well. Plan out your fall garden the same way and with the same care that you do your spring garden and you’ll have lush, beautiful plants all year long.