What You Can Start Now For Your Fall Garden

It’s mid August and our first frost date is on the horizon, roughly 50-ish days. Now is the time to get things started for a fall garden if you haven’t already. As we move closer to fall and our average first frost date the days start to get shorter and the intensity of the sun is less. This makes those things that take a long time to reach maturity take even longer. Some things like kale or Brussels sprouts actually get sweeter after a frost.

Here is a brief list of what you can start sowing now to make sure everything is well established before the light and intensity wanes:

  • Kale
  • Dwarf Peas 
  • Spinach (start under shade cloth or a cool area of your yard before transplanting to the garden)
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Mustard greens 
  • Lettuces
  • Mesclun
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Watermelon radish
  • Beets
  • Kohlrabi 
  • Arugula 
  • Turnips
  • Bok Choy/Tatsoi, etc.

Fall is one of the best times to start a garden if you haven’t already. There is so much to grow and eat before the cold of winter sets in. It may seem strange to think about your fall garden as you are reaping the benefits of large summer harvests, but trust me it is worth it!

If you have any questions, drop them in the comments or reach out to me, I would be happy to help. If you want in-depth, 1:1 help, I am available for virtual coaching sessions too. Coaching

*You might be able to get away with planting broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other cool season crops that take longer to reach maturity depending on how quickly your daylight and temperatures drop.

**Also do not forget to order your garlic soon for fall planting!

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