Fall Garden Vegetables. New season, new garden.

Aug. 1, 2013

Well, summer is wrapping up. It went fast, didnt it? Fortunately, its not over yet for us gardeners. August 1st is a good marker to start the fall garden vegetables. There are a ton of cold weather vegetables hardy enough to withstand frost and keep you eating healthy into the winter.

Germination and early growth is simple at this time because the temperature is warm – a steady 75 degrees in our 10 day Chicago forecast plus the perfect amount of rain. Direct sowing in the garden should be a breeze this year. Hotter, drier summers would demand daily watering… but who doesnt love to water their garden?

If you started your own seeds this spring, you probably even have some left. Here are the fall garden vegetables I dug out of my seed bin. Kale, cabbage, spinach, beets, carrots, Mesclun salad mix, and arugula. I’ll leave the swiss chard thats already in there.
fall garden vegetables - seeds

Lets start by harvesting what I havent eaten out of the spring garden. eesh, theres not much left.

I think the “dont-do-the-grocery-shopping-when-youre-hungry” rule should apply to harvesting vegetables.

A little cleanup and weeding and its ready for more rich compost. Here’s the compost I made in the back, jam packed with critters, worms, millipedes, rolley poleys. After reading GardenSeeks experiment, a 50/50 mix of compost and woodchips is definitely the game plan. Since the back to eden garden is doing so well, I have no reservations about woodchips and am optimistic about better results.


50/50 compost/woodchips


millipede love

Compost and woodchips is really light and fluffy, so I packed it down pretty good to get the seeds to stay put and of course, watered in well.

Finally, my layout of the fall garden vegetables, square foot style

So, how long is this gonna take? Im hungry! MotherEarthNews has a great chart showing when you can harvest all those delicious veggies: Days to Maturity of Fall Harvest Crops You really can count the days. If you’re in a drastically different climate, MotherEarth also has a What to Plant Now list by region.

You Might Also Like...

Build a Compost Pile Ironic, isn't it, that we'd trash or burn yard refuse, then in the same stroke, run to the store and buy bags of compost for the garden? With an overa...
Detox Smoothie Recipe for Beginners… a no br... A while back, my craving for a green smoothie prompted a trip to walmart to buy the first cheap smoothie blender I saw. Luckily, the blender worked ou...
Hydrangea Bouquets Hydrangeas make a wonderful cut flower for wedding bouquets and floral arrangements because they're breathtakingly beautiful and a multitude of variet...
Winter Gardening. Cold Weather Vegetables you shou... Winter Gardening? whats THAT? I was totally intrigued the first time I heard the term. Certainly you cannot do that here. Winters are COLD in Chicag...


plant nursery

Dreaming of a

Beautiful Garden?

Not Sure how to Put it all Together???

Download our Free 8 Page PDF guide
that shows you how... +2 Predesigned Gardens!

One Response to “Fall Garden Vegetables. New season, new garden.”

  1. landlocked says:

    I think that is among the so much significant info for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to statement on few basic things, The website style
    is wonderful, the articles is actually nice : D. Just right process,

Leave a Reply