While the summer bounty may be coming to a close, Zone 7 gardeners can plant fall vegetables in August (and into September!), harvesting fresh produce right through November.
Here’s a list of vegetables to consider planting in your fall garden, and an estimated timeline (in order) to get things in the ground… And harvested.
If you start early enough, you can get two fall plantings.
Get your first lettuce in the ground around August 10 and it can be harvested right through September.
Put another crop of lettuce in the ground around September 10 for harvest through most of the month of October.
You should also be able to get two crops of carrots from your fall garden.
The first should be planted just before mid August and it can be harvested from mid September through early October.
The second carrot crop should be planted after the first week in September for harvesting during the latter two-thirds of October.
The fall growing season for broccoli is much longer.
Plant broccoli in the latter third of August and begin harvesting it in early October and through the early part of November.
You should be able to harvest two crops of spinach as well.
The first should be planted in late August to be harvested from late September through middle October.
Put the second batch of spinach in the ground just before the middle of September and you can be harvesting from the middle to the end of October.
Kale does well in our parts since it doesn’t mind cool climates this time of year and is easy to grow.
For fall gardening, the best time to plant kale is in early September. It can be harvested by late October and through the entire month of November.
Peas should be planted in early September in Zone 7, and will be ready to eat the last 20 days of October.
Beets can be planted during the first few days of September and should be ready for harvesting after the first week of October and continuing through the rest of that month.
Onions that mature between 60 and 80 days can be planted from September 1 to September 15, and will be ready for harvesting into November.
Oh, the joy of growing your own veggies! Oh, the taste of fresh produce!
Your Garden Market is here with all the things you need to help you successfully grow and harvest your food, from plants to soils to amendments. And if you simply want to cut to the chase and rely on our local farmer partners for their goodies, we have lots of fresh produce right here.
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