Early to late summer is the best time to plant crops for a fall garden.
While you’re excited to get those tomatoes, zucchini, and beans in the ground, early to late summer is also the perfect time to get your crops sown for a fall harvest. Some fall harvest crops grow quickly and don’t need to be sown until closer to the end of summer once the weather begins to cool.
Many however take 80-100 days and need to be planted early to mid-summer for a fall harvest.
Best Crops to Plant for a Fall Garden
Here are the best crops to plant in the summer for a fall garden and when to plant them. (* indicate better cold tolerance)
Most of these fall and winter crops can handle light frosts (and even taste better!)
What to Plant in June and July for a Fall Harvest
These summer crops can be sowed early for a fall harvest and take about 90 to 120 days to be harvested.
- Winter Cabbage (January King*, Kalibos, Danish Ballhead, Deadon*)
- Carrots (some varieties take 90 days like Autumn King*, may take less)
- Leeks (some varieties take less)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Winter Squash & Pumpkins
What to Plant in July and August for a Fall Harvest
These crops take 60 to 80 days before they are harvested in the fall.
- Beets (Cylindra, Golden, Winterkeeper Lutz*)
- Turnips (Milan, Purple Top*, Navet)
- Cauliflower (Purple Cape*, Galleon*, most varieties don’t tolerate frosts).
- Fall Cabbage
- Carrots (Napoli*)
- Winter radishes* (Green Luobo, Black Spanish, Watermelon, China Rose, Daikon)
- Kohl Rabi
- Swiss Chard
What to Plant in August for a Fall Harvest
These crops grow fast and are sown towards the end of summer. These crops that you plant for a fall harvest take 30 to 50 days.
- Fall radishes
- Meslcun greens
- Lettuce (Winter Density*)
- Pac Choi
While most people focus their garden efforts for summer harvesting extending the season into the fall and even the winter months is a great way to increase the yields from your garden.