If you think that edible gardening ends with cold weather, think again! Fall and winter gardens produce some of our favorite fruits and vegetables: kale, cauliflower, peas, carrots, lettuce, beets, onions, and broccoli, just to name a few! To boot, these plants tend to be some of the easiest to grow, making fall and winter gardens excellent for the beginning gardener.
What to Plant When
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Beets, Radish, Kale, Spinach, Onions, Swiss chard, Lettuce, Peas, Garlic, Fava beans, Herbs
October & November
Kale, Spinach, Onions, Swiss chard, Lettuce, Peas, Garlic, Fava beans, Herbs
January & February
Bare-root fruits, like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, and stone fruit, which you can find online or at your local nursery by February.
A Note About Growing Conditions
Along the West Coast and throughout much of the Southeast and Southwest, fall and winter crops are able to grow outside, uncovered, despite cold temperatures and frost. In places like the Northeast, Midwest, and the Rockies, insulating solutions, like cold frames and greenhouses, are necessary to keep your plants happy during the coldest months.