The Q&A Archives: Planting Fall Vegetables

Question: I am tryng to find out which vegetables can be planted for fall, and also when. I've harvested alot of stuff from the garden and I now have room to plant again. I'm in NJ and the nights have just started to get cooler. I was thinking of planting but I have no idea what, can you suggest something?

Answer: Planning for a fall garden is a bit tricky. For some plantings, such as peas and beans, you need to calculate backwards from the average first fall frost date and add about a week or so (to allow for the slowing of growth as the season progresses) to the maturity date. In addition, the more cold tolerant vegetables such as cole crops, carrots, greens, and radishes can sometimes be kept going long after frost by use of a cold frame or other form of protection. You can try successive plantings or earlier and later maturing varieties to try to maximize your harvest window. For specific timing and suggestions you might find a book on intensive or square foot gardening helpful. One I like is "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew ISBN 0-87857-340-2. Enjoy those fall veggies!

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