This week’s 5 Minute Friday Video is all about what crops to plant for fall and winter harvest.
On YouTube this week I cover what crops to plant for fall and winter harvest. We also talk about when you should be planting those crops.
Here’s the video:
When should you plant?
All crops to plant for fall and winter harvest should be planted roughly 6 to 8 weeks before your area’s average first frost date. A simple Google search should get to a rough estimate of when to expect your first frost. Take that date and count back 8 weeks to get a starting point for your fall and winter planting.
3 Broad groups for fall planting
There are 3 broad groups of vegetables that you can plant for fall and winter harvest from your backyard garden.
- Root Crops
- Leafy Greens
- Brassica Family Crops.
Root crops you can plant for fall and winter harvest include:
Most root crops that you plant for fall and winter harvest will be the last to be ready for harvest. Beets, turnips, and carrots will take a solid 3 to 4 months to mature in the waning light of fall. Radishes are quick growers and should be ready in 4 to 6 weeks.
Leafy Greens you can plant for fall and winter harvest include:
- Asian Greens
- Bok Choy
- Swiss Chard
Leafy greens will be the base plants for your fall and winter garden. They grow very well in the fall and will produce some of the best-tasting greens you have ever grown.
Brassica Family Crops
Brassica Family Crops you can plant for fall and winter harvest include:
- Brussels Sprouts
All of these plants must be planted by seedlings, not seeds if you live in Garden Zones 3 to 7. Those of you in warmer climates can try tackling planting by seed outdoors if you like.
Crops to plant for Fall and Winter Harvest are all part of your Year-Round Garden efforts. If you would like to learn more about Year-Round Gardening please consider buying my Year-Round Gardening Video course.