17 Fall Vegetables You Should Start Planting Now

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Grow your own fall vegetables and have a flourishing autumn garden to supply you throughout the season. It’s a great way to get fresh veggies for your fall and winter recipes and other holiday dishes.

Here is a collection of fall vegetables from leafy greens to root crops you can grow easily!

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Easy-to-Grow Fall Vegetables to Get Busy With

1. Lettuce

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Lettuce is a cool-weather vegetable that grows well in spring and fall in most regions. Sow lettuce seeds in late summer to early fall for continuous harvest at any time of the season.

Fall lettuce includes Mascara and Drunken Woman Frizzy-Headed which are both a loose-leaf variety, the Rouge d’Hiver which is romaine, and the Marvel of Four Seasons, a bibb variety.

2. Radish

daikon radish | fall crops

Radishes are fast-growing crops at 30 days from seed to harvest. You can sow radish seeds under taller crops for some shade.

Radish plants are commonly sown directly into the ground, but growing this crisp and nutritious root vegetable in containers is also a must-try!

3. Broccoli

broccoli harvest | fall season

This nutrient-rich vegetable will look gorgeous in your fall garden, but keep in mind that its fall varieties require a specific spacing so space them 15 to 18 inches apart.

Broccoli plants are also sensitive to frost. Protect them with cold frames or tunnels to boost daytime temperature and your broccoli plants will thrive and produce beautiful florets.

4. Parsnips

parsnips | fall weather

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Parsnips are usually mistaken as white carrots because they look similar, except for the color and flavor. Their seeds are very light so you should avoid sowing them on a windy day.

The key to growing parsnips successfully is by sowing fresh seeds.

5. Kale

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Your fall garden wouldn’t be complete without this nutrient-dense leafy vegetable.

It’s easy to grow and can produce big and tender leaves when given the right nutrition like compost or manure. Kale plants mature fully in 60 days while the young leaves can be harvested in 30 days.

6. Baby Carrots

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Carrots do well during the cooler periods of their growing season and can tolerate light frost as long as the soil is loose and sandy. Choose early maturing varieties and harvest them during the baby stage.

Baby carrots are delicious with their delicate and sweet flavor. Carrots varieties including Tonda di Parigi, Little Finger, and Thumbelina are absolutely worth trying.

7. Peas

harvest pea plants | fall weather

Peas are spring vegetables that can be grown as winter or fall crops in warmer areas. However, fall gardening for peas is usually not as productive compared to spring gardening.

But peas are wonderful vegetables packed full of heart-healthy minerals. Also, homegrown peas are way better than store-bought that’s why you should give it a shot!

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8. Spinach

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Spinach is considered a superfood. Its dark and glossy green leaves are beneficial to our hair, skin, and bone health. It is also excellent for fall and winter salads and soups.

The three major varieties of spinach perfect for fall gardening are the flat or smooth leafed, the savoy, and the semi-savoy spinach.

9. Turnips

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Another root vegetable to grow during the fall season is turnip. It is nutritious and has a notable taste that is slightly bitter when raw, but mellows the sharp flavor when cooked.

These vegetables are very easy to grow as well during the colder period. The cooler the temperature, the sweeter the turnips would be.

10. Green Onion

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Green onions or scallions can be planted directly into the ground in late summer so you’ll have a good harvest come fall season and through early winter.

The Tokyo Long White, Evergreen Bunching, and White Lisbon are some of the best green onion varieties to look for.

11. Beets

beets | fall fruits and vegetables

Beets thrive best in cool weather, which is why it’s an ideal fall crop. You can sow them directly into the ground or soak the seeds to hasten the germination stage.

This fall crop is the perfect addition to your vegetable garden so you’ll have fresh beets for roasting, boiling, and canning–all that good stuff–during the fall season.

12. Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard has large and firm leaves with a sweet earthy taste. Its young leaves, on the other hand, are ready for harvest at 3 inches, which is perfect if you love a heaping bowl of fresh salads.

It has a slightly bitter taste but milder than spinach. Swiss chard varieties to try are Bright Lights, Fordhook, and Celebration.

13. Cauliflower

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Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable which tastes good in just about any dish. It is also a healthier substitute for starches. More than that, they’re also low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in antioxidants.

In the fall season, when the temperature is around 65°F to 75°F, plant cauliflower directly in the soil.

14. Beans

green beans | fall season

Most growers and consumers agree that green beans grown in fall are way better than those planted in the spring season. Beans are easy to grow and can reward you with an abundant harvest.

Beans are also an excellent vining plant that thrives well on a pole or trellis. These crops are the perfect addition to your vertical fall garden.

15. Bok Choy

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Bok choy or pak choi is similar to Chinese cabbage except that the former has plumper, white to green stems. Baby bok choy makes a healthy side dish, while the raw leaves make the best sandwiches and salads.

During the fall season, sow the seeds directly into the ground before the first average frost.

16. Brussels Sprouts

fresh raw organic green brussels sprouts | fall season

Brussels sprouts are often grown as a spring crop in a cool climate, while it can be seeded as a fall crop in warmer climates. You can start seeds indoors and transplant outdoors when the temperature cools.

17. Collard Greens

young organic collard greens | vegetables

Collard greens are easy to grow almost anywhere for as long as the weather is cool at any time of the spring or fall season. These leafy greens become sweeter when touched by frost.

Collard greens are a staple side dish in Southern cuisine. They have a strong hearty flavor that shifts into a mild earthy taste when cooked right.

Watch this video by Garden Answer for some tips on planting in the fall:

We loved sharing this list with you! Growing fall vegetables is great for spending more fun times outdoors. You’ll have an abundant fresh harvest in no time to share with your neighbors and friends.

Remember, each of these fall vegetables has their special growing needs, but one thing is for sure, they’re all nutritious and will make the best wholesome recipes for fall!

Which among these fall vegetables do you enjoy growing the most? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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