What to Plant in Fall & Winter

Posted on October 5, 2021


A cold-season harvest

A cold-season harvest

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.

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Carrots, broccoli, and greens growing in the garden

Carrots, broccoli, and greens growing in the garden

What to Plant When

September

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.

Learn more about preparing you fall and winter garden here!

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.

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