Fall Gardening Planting Guide

It’s Time to do some Fall Gardening Planting!

Did you know you don’t have to stop gardening just because it is soon going to be Fall season? I just left a local plant store and I was pretty disappointed. There were NO vegetable or fruit plants to plant in my garden for this fall. They barely even had any seeds for me to buy! It seems to me that most people will never truly understand that they can plant produce in the fall if the plant nurseries don’t help spread the news!

So here I am, doing my best. I highly recommend that you try planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs this fall! No matter what garden zone you live in, there are some plants that you can grow. Check it out!


Fall Gardening Planting Guide:



1. Arugula: Arugula is not a picky plant, and any gardeners can try growing it. You can grow it almost year-round since it is a quick-growing plant, however, the later you grow it in the fall season, the more direct sunlight you will need to give it. Click here to learn more about how to grow Arugula.

2. Beets: Beets can be sowed continuously almost year-round. The best thing is that they are super tasty when they are very young and small, so you can plant beets in the fall and continue sowing and harvesting them until the first deep frost/freeze. Learn more about growing Beets here.

3. Broccoli: Late summer is the best time to start broccoli from seed indoors and you can transplant them outdoors in either August or September. Broccoli does not like heat, so spring and fall crops are the best option for this plant. Click here to learn more about growing Broccoli.

4. Brussels Sprouts: Brussels Sprouts don’t care for constant heat, so if you live in a warm climate, you should have Brussels Sprouts growing starting in the late summer/early fall. Plant them 16-20 weeks before your first frost date. Learn more about growing Brussels Sprouts here.

5. Carrots: Carrots do not like the heat. If you live in a warmer growing zone, you might not even find it worthwhile to plant carrots for the summer. However, they love cooler temperatures, and so you can plant them in August and September so that you get carrots event through the winter. A few frosts make them sweeter, so you can grow them until your first deep freeze (at which point it would be difficult to get them out of the ground). Here is more info on growing Carrots.

6. Cauliflower: Cauliflower is a bit fussy about temperatures. If it’s too hot, it bolts, but if it’s too cold, it stops growing. Fall is the PERFECT season to grow cauliflower! Click here to learn more about growing Cauliflower.

7. Celery: Celery does not like heat. If you live in a cold climate, you need to grow Celery in the spring. However, if you live in a hotter climate, you can grow Celery in the fall! Click here to learn more about growing Celery.

8. Chard: Plant your rainbow or swiss Chard 40 days before your first frost date. 

9. Kale: Plant Kale almost all year round, from spring through early winter. For late fall/early winter harvests, plant your Kale 10-12 weeks before your first frost. 

10. Lettuce: Plant your Lettuce 4-8 weeks before the first frost. Deep frosts will kill your lettuce, but you can enjoy lettuce up until that point and past that if you protect it with row covers. Learn more about Lettuce here.

12. Mustard Greens: Plant your Mustard Greens 4-8 weeks before your first frost date. 

13. Peas: Yep, you read that right. You can grow Peas in the Fall season, but only if you live in a warm climate. You will need at least 2 months of between summer heat and your first frost in order to grow Peas in the fall. Learn more about growing Peas here.

14. Radishes: Continuous sowing will give you Radish crops almost year round. You can sow Radish seeds in July, August, September, and October in order to have Radish harvests far into winter season. Click here to learn more about growing Radishes.

15. Rhubarb: If you live in a warm climate, instead of planting divisions of Rhubarb in the early spring, you should plant it in the late fall season. Here is more info on growing Rhubarb.

16. Rutabaga: If you live in a warm climate, you grow Rutabagas for a fall crop. Start your seeds 100 days before your first frost date. Click here to learn more about growing Rutabagas.

17. Spinach: Spinach will bolt if the temperatures get too warm. It is best planted in spring and fall seasons. It also grows quickly, and often will not even die back in harsh winter temps, making it the perfect fall season crop for more growing zones. Learn more about Spinach here.



18. Blackberries: If you are considering growing Blackberries next year, the best time to plant it is in the Fall season after the first frost. Click here for more info on growing Blackberries.

19. Blueberries: If you live in a cool climate, you need to plant Blueberry bushes in the early spring. However, if you live in a mild or warm climate, late fall is the best time to plant your Blueberries. Learn more about growing Blueberries here.

20. Cherries: Cherry tree are best planted in the early spring in cooler climates, but they can be planted in the fall season if you live in a warmer climate. Here is more info on growing Cherries.

21. Pears: Once again, Pear trees are best planted in early spring if you live in a cool climate, but they are best planted in the fall if you live in a warm climate. Learn more about growing Pears here.

22. Plums: Plums are planted in early spring in cool climates, and they are planted in late fall in mild and warm climates. Here is more info on growing Plums.



I hope I have convinced you to give Fall Garden Planting a try!

Fall gardening is much easier (in my opinion) that summer gardening due to cooler temperatures. It is delightful to enjoy those crisp temps in a flannel shirt and jeans, with a basket of produce on one arm! 

Fruits and Vegetables aren’t the ONLY thing to plant in the fall! Click here to learn how to plant your own Garlic! Also, learn more about what Cover Crops to grow in the fall here.


So tell me: Will YOU be gardening this Fall?!?

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Comments (36)

Thank you for all the info. I am waiting till the tomatoes stop producing

Thank you for visiting and commenting! Enjoy those tomatoes!

I was intrigued by this post, I thought I’d lost out on gardening since it’s the beginning of August, I’m really interested in fall gardening, since heat and I don’t get along well fall gardening would be a better time for me also, I live in Denver, could you offer me some suggestions on what would be good to plant, I love root crops, so beets and carrots would be great, what about things like turnips, rutabaga,and parsnips, or is it to late for cabbage. I’d love to try rhubarb too, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m starting to ferment vegetables and I’d love for them to be homegrown.

Thanks for writing! You can probably grow cabbage in the fall as well. I don’t like cabbage, so I have not researched it much or written about it, but it should grow well in the fall. Rutabagas are a very slow-growing crop. They are ready to harvest in late fall, however, you need to start planting them in the spring. You can learn more about Rutabagas in my post: https://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/how-to-grow-rutabagas/ For parsnips, they are slow at germination, so they also are started in the spring. Learn more about parsnips in my post: https://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/how-to-grow-parsnips/ Turnips take 2 months to grow, and are sweeter with a light frost or two. You can grow these for the fall as well. Thanks for reminding me about turnips! I haven’t written about them yet. 🙂 I hope that helped! Good luck!

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I have my seeds, soil, and some new raised beds all ready to go for radishes, beets, carrots, greens (mustard, kale, chard, arugula), & broccoli.
I still have some pea and fava bean seeds leftover from Spring, and might try to grow them,too.

Awesome! Sounds like you are ready for an awesome fall!!! 🙂

Don’t forget about fall greens. Mustard, kale and even some lettuce. We added pumpkins at the last minute for our three year old. Can’t wait to continue to enjoy the garden in the fall. We are also going to try some over winter boxes with window to prop open for ventilation to see if we can have some produce through the winter.

Yes! Thank you for reminding me. 🙂 I will need to add info on fall greens to this post! Let me know how the pumpkins go too! My longterm plans involve cold frames as well. I will be writing about them sometime in the future too! Thanks for visiting and writing!

You forgot to mention pumpkins and winter squashes.

Thank you for visiting and commenting! I left pumpkins out because they need a long growing season and you actually plant them in late spring or early summer if you want a fall harvest. I will look up more on winter squashes. Some squashes also need a long growing season, but I will check with all the varieties! Thanks again!

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What kind of peas would be good for fall/winter garden? I would love some purple hull peas. But don’t know where to find the seeds. Any suggestions?

The best types of peas to grow are varieties that have a resistance to heat. Here is my favorite source for finding seeds online: http://www.weedemandreap.com/buying-seeds-online/ You can read descriptions of pea crops there and hopefully find some to experiment with! Good luck!

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I did all my research about what fall veggies to plant in my area and when (and also what tolerates the conditions of my garden) and then went to buy seeds and had the same experience as you! I went to several places and had to make a couple of swaps, but I planted about three weeks ago and almost everything has sprouted! This is my first fall planting any veggies, so I was pretty thorough. I have limited space also; I ended up planting squash (my splurge), beans, lettuce, kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, and spinach. Just found your blog and I love it!

Thank you for visiting and commenting! I hope your fall planting goes well! Many of my plants are growing strong and healthy, and I am harvesting my first batch of arugula tomorrow! Woo hoo! Glad you like my website. 🙂

You’re right about the veggies, however its not a good idea to plant trees and shrubs late in the season if you live in cooler climates… that is, if you still want them to be around next year. Roots need time to establish before winter. Planting a month or two before frost just isn’t safe.

Yes, that is correct. As I write in this post in the descriptions of each tree and shrub ‘if you live in a cooler climate, plant in the early spring…’

Great article! I planted tomatoes, broccoli, peppers,yellow squash…though squash worms ruined squash. Everything else is still going strong. Planted mustard greens just last week.

I plan on growing mustard greens next year. Glad you had such a wonderful crop!

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this spring and summer i will grow some vegetables in your list. thank you , your blog is awesome.

Thanks for visiting and commenting! 🙂

I am new to gardening, but I’ve decided to try to grow broccoli, spinach, winter squash, and pumpkins. :/ I had so much fun with my spring/summer garden that I figured it’s worth a try. Love your website!

Glad you like my website! Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

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Already started mine!

Awesome! I hope it goes well!

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