Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up your trowel just yet. Incorporate these hardy plants to keep your garden lush – and your table full – for as long as possible!
Best grown in loose, deep soil, carrots are the ideal cool-weather crop—the decreasing temperature can sweeten their flavor. In the upper and middle South, sow seeds in midsummer. Gardeners in the lower South may plant in August or September.
Larger than their spring and summer counterparts, firm winter radishes require 50 to 60 days to mature. Sow seeds at least four weeks before the first fall frost.
Reap mustard’s vast nutritional benefits in the short 4 to 6 weeks it takes these greens to reach full size after sowing. Sow in late summer or early fall—a light frost will sweeten their flavor.
Brussels sprouts can be difficult to grow in the South due to their need for a long, cool growing season. Set out transplants 10 to 14 weeks before the first fall frost.
These fast-growing plants can be planted about two weeks after the last frost. Harvest them in 50 to 60 days to enjoy this plant’s leaves, stalks and bulbous base.
This member of the beet family is one of the easiest crops to maintain in the home garden. Sow in August for a fall crop—coastal and tropical climates may sow in October for a delicious winter green.
A fall cabbage crop is beneficial in that fewer pests threaten it during the cooler months, and transplants should be set out 8 to 14 weeks before summer. Additionally, flowering types add visual interest and develop stronger colors after the first frost.
Plant in the late summer or early fall to enjoy this classic green veggie. Well-drained soil is key to achieving a bountiful broccoli harvest.
Sow seeds 4 to 8 weeks before the first expected frost. This hardy crop will survive winter’s freezes and can be enjoyed all season.
What’s in your cool-weather garden? Let us know in the comments!