Fall Vegetable Planning For Beginners

These are the most common and the easiest fall vegetables to grow in our area. But, before we go over the list, we must first we must discuss whether to use seeds or sets for planting.

Sets are small plants that are started as seeds in a controlled environment, such as a greenhouse.

Because some plants are not as vigorous as others in the early stages of growth, the more sensitive plants that you want to become vegetables are grown typically in small pots, and then sold as individual plants once they are established. Using the small plants (sets) for the less hardy vegetables makes the likelihood of harvesting your vegetables more successful, and is the preferred choice for the sensitive plants.

The Heartiest of vegetables grown from SEED:

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Collards
  • Turnips
  • Cress

These are the more sensitive vegetables that should be planted as SETS (you can buy them at most garden centers):

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel Sprouts

When to plant Fall Vegetables

There is a wide variety of vegetables to choose from that can be grown throughout the fall and into the early winter. Normally when planting from SEEDS the time to plant is mid to late August. Vegetables planted from SETS should be planted in early September to avoid the heat damage that may occur during the latter part of August. You can plant the sets all through the late fall.
You can plant your vegetables in conventional garden rows, or in raised beds. Read why raised beds are better.

Not only do we enjoy the bounty from our fall crops, but our friends in the wild do too. Most of these fall veggies are on the menu for deer, rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs – etc, and if left unprotected all your money, your time, and your love of gardening at home can be at a great loss.

That’s why I always have my Garden Commanders cages working for me in my garden. You can now have 100% protection from the wildlife without expensive, ugly, high fencing, and without chemicals. If you want to learn more about protecting your vegetables naturally, please read FAQ.