Turnips, kale, Swiss chard, and many other hardy and semi-hardy vegetables should be a part of your fall garden.
Hardy vegetables tolerate hard frosts (usually 25 to 28 degrees F). They taste best in cool weather, making them perfect for fall harvests and growing through the winter in many warmer regions. See the USDA Freeze Map for the approximate date of the first freeze in your area. This will give you an idea of how long your harvest season will last, because many of these hardy vegetables will continue in the garden for weeks after the first hard frost. It’s amazing. When you see this, you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone plant a fall garden?”
- Brussels sprouts
- English peas
- Mustard greens
Semi-hardy vegetables tolerate light frosts (usually 29 to 32 degrees F) late into fall and through winter in mild climates. Try them this fall.
- Chinese cabbage*
- Irish potatoes*
- Swiss chard