The beautiful weather of fall makes it perfect for extending the harvest. This fall planting guide covers 17 popular crops to help you grow more food.
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When Should I Plant Seeds for Fall?The following table indicates when to start seeds relative to your fall frost date.
Example: Start lettuce seeds indoors, 11 weeks before, or sow outside 9 weeks before your fall frost date.
Click here to find your fall frost date. Need help getting started? Get my step-by-step guide to starting seeds indoors.
|Beans||N/A||N/A||12 weeks before|
|Beets||N/A||N/A||9 weeks before|
|Broccoli||18 weeks before||11 weeks before||11 weeks before|
|Carrot||N/A||N/A||11 weeks before|
|Cauliflower||15 weeks before||11 weeks before||N/A|
|Collard greens||15 weeks before||11 weeks before||11 weeks before|
|Kale||16 weeks before||11 weeks before||11 weeks before|
|Kohlrabi||N/A||N/A||8 weeks before|
|Lettuce||11 weeks before||9 weeks before||9 weeks before|
|Peas||N/A||N/A||12 weeks before|
|Potatoes||N/A||N/A||15 weeks before|
|Radish||N/A||N/A||5 weeks before|
|Rutabaga||N/A||N/A||12 weeks before|
|Spinach||N/A||N/A||7 weeks before|
|Swiss chard||13 weeks before||9 weeks before||9 weeks before|
|Turnips||N/A||N/A||8 weeks before|
Note for Hot Climate Gardeners
If you live in a hot, dry climate, or at a high elevation, frost dates might not always be your best guide for fall planting. Instead, wait until temperatures consistently dip below 90 degrees.
Check with your local extension office to get specific details relative to your unique conditions.
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Need more inspiration?
- 5 Steps to a Vibrant Fall Garden
- Protect Cold Weather Crops with a Cold Frame
- When to Start Seeds: Your Guide to Spring Planting
Have you extended your harvest season into fall?