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Fall Gardening: Cool Weather Veggies, What are They, How to Plant?

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Fall is the time to plant cool weather veggies!

Fall Gardening: Cool Weather Veggies – What are They and How to Plant?

As the summer warm weather crops are winding down, the chill of the Fall air doesn’t mean gardening season is over.  It’s a lot of fun to keep the garden going as long as possible!  This is the time of year to plant some vegetables that like the cooler weather.

What are cool weather vegetables?

Cool weather vegetables are simply vegetables that grow best in the cooler weather, 75 degree F or colder.  If you’re concerned about your veggies getting frozen in the winter, there several types  that will survive and even thrive in frost conditions, such as root vegetables, lettuce, kale and other types of greens.

Veggies like lettuce, greens, broccoli, peas, cabbage, radishes, carrots, and brussel sprouts love the cool weather and are ideal for a fall garden.

 

Where to plant?

Smart Pots long fabric raised bed is a quick way to grow a Fall garden.

My garden is still full of summer vegetables.  The big problem is: where to plant?  This problem is quickly solved – in a container!  I am growing my fall garden in a Smart Pots 8 foot fabric raised bed container  container. It is easy to pop up, fill with soil (I’m using Good Dirt) and gives me an extra 11 feet of growing space!  It also comes in a 6 and 12 foot lengths, and fits perfectly up against my backyard deck.  I’ve also installed some shade cloth to protect the fall vegetables until the weather cools off here Southern California

 

Cool Weather Veggies I am growing

All America Selections (AAS) Winners

For my Fall garden, I am growing AAS winners.  I chose compact varieties, that can be grown in container or in ground.  These varieties are vigorous growers and quick producers so I’ll have plenty to harvest before cold weather hits.

AAS Winner varieties are vigorous growers and very productive.

All America Selections (AAS) is a non-profit organization that has been around since the 1930’s.  Its mission is to promote new, top performing garden varieties.  These new garden varieties go through a series of impartial trials where they are grown and assessed against other similar varieties (that are already on the market) at trial gardens all across north America.

The new seed varieties that perform best in the trial gardens are deemed winners and receive the title AAS winner.

 

AAS winning varieties I am growing

Bopak Pak Choi

Bopak Pak Choi – tender, sweet and crisp.

Tender, crisp and sweet, Bopak Pak Choi can be harvested as a baby green about 5 days earlier than other varieties.  It can also be grown to a full sized head.  It’s delicious in Oriental recipes, salads, soups and stews.  Bopak is a stunning plant, compact, perfect for containers, grows in upright habit and can be planted densely if you have limited space in your garden.

 

Artwork Broccoli

Artwork Broccoli bolt resistant and a quick producer.

Artwork Broccoli is a compact plant that is bolt resistant.  This means you can harvest it over a longer period of time before it bolts, flowers and goes to seed.  It is quick producing, going from transplant to harvest in about 55 days.  After the main crown is harvested, it will continue to produce side shoots that can be harvested all season long.

 

Katarina Cabbage

Katarina Cabbage – compact heads – perfect for container growing.

If you think you’re not a cabbage lover, you’ll want to plant Katrina Cabbage!  It’s sweeter and smaller that other varieties, with just 4 inch heads – perfect for container growing!  The heads mature quickly, going from transplant to harvest in about 45 days, making them ideal for gardeners with a short growing season – or if cold weather is headed your way soon!

 

Prizm Kale

Prizm Kale has delicious nutty flavor and grows back quickly after harvest.

If you want to grow kale, but think you don’t have room, Prizm Kale is the variety for you!  It has short, tight, ruffled leaves, perfect for containers.  It has a nice nutty taste, and as soon as you harvest the leaves, new leaves grow in very quickly.  Kale is super hardy, holding up to both frost and heat like a champ!

Mizuna Red Kingdom is a garden stunner!

Mizuna Red Kingdom

A Japanese mustard green with stunning red leaves – a perfect “ornamedible”!  Besides being absolutely gorgeous, this plant is super hardy, bolt resistant, and holds up well to heat and frost.  Mizuna Red Kingdom is a vigorous grower, the leaves are flavorful, mild tasting and delicious in a stir fry, or a salad.

 

 

 

Radishes add a peppery zip to your salad.

Radishes

Sweet Baby Radish is a gorgeous purple/white/rose colored radish, and is crisply, crunchy and slightly spicy.  It is quick growing, going from seed to harvest in 45 days.  I love the peppery zip radishes add to a salad!

Roxanne Radish

This is the quickest growing variety of radish I have ever planted, going from seed to harvest in about 20 days.  Kids will love to plant these, because they can almost see them grow!  Roxanne grows well in a variety of climates.  In mild winter climates, seeds can be planted every few weeks for a continual harvest.

Rivoli Radish

Another quick grower, Rivoli Radishes grow to a uniform size of about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  They have a nice, mild flavor, and are amazingly tasty when picked young, but will retain their delicious flavor when they sit in the garden longer, unlike some other varieties.

 

Patio Pride Peas

Patio Pride Pea plants grow to just 6-8 inches and are perfectly suited for container growing.

One of my all-time favorite veggies, my fall garden wouldn’t be complete without sweet peas.  This compact beauty grows to a height of 6-8 inches – perfect for a small space garden.  It goes from seed to harvest in just 40 days.  The sweet pods are very tender when harvested early and delicious for snacking on right in the garden.  Don’t be surprised if these peas never make it inside!

 

How to get off to a quick start in my FALL garden

Fall garden seeds can be started under grow lights indoors to give them a quick start.

I got off to a quick start with my fall garden by starting seeds in indoors in peat pellets using indoor grow lights.  This provides a more controlled environment so that the seedlings grow stronger faster and I can get them outside in my garden as soon as possible.  This also allows me to start cool weather veggies indoors when it is still too hot to grow them outside.

 

If you are growing a FALL garden, make sure to check out All America Selections for more information about these and other top producing varieties.  Their website also has a list of seed distributors where you can purchase seeds.

 

If you’re a northern gardener and don’t have enough time left in the growing season to grow cool weather veggies outdoors, no worries.  I’ll also be doing a series on indoor gardening.  Stay tuned!

Watch the video from my YouTube channel, “Fall Garden – Cool Weather Veggies, What they are and How to Plant Them”  so you can see exactly how to get your’s planted!  While you are there, subscribe and hit the bell icon so you get notifications when I posting update videos!

 

 

 

Comment below, let me know if you’re growing a FALL garden and what you are growing!

 

Thanks to All America Selections, Smart Pots and Good Dirt for providing the supplies for my FALL garden and for teaming up with me on the “Fall Garden” series.

 

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links –  I make a small commission when you order through these links and its helps me keep the garden content coming!

My eBook * My Partners Store * My Amazon Store

 

You can follow me, view how-to videos, photos of my garden, and lots of growing tips and tricks, on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

 

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18 Comments

  1. Joe

    September 30, 2017

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    I never have had a fall garden, I live in Medford, Or.(It gets pretty cold)
    I think I will plant lettuce,radishes and carrots.

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hi Joe,

      Those veggies will do well in the cold – especially the root veggies. If you are expecting extended hard frosts, mulch heavily and cover your plants with something, like a blanket or thick plastic, especially at night. This will help them survive the cold, and help you have more tasty, fresh veggies to eat! Thank you for stopping by the blog – appreciate it!

  2. Janice Geiger

    September 30, 2017

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    Hi CaliKim,
    I live in Southern California. I’ve planted carrots, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and two mini grape vines. I still have zucchini, pattie pans, Swiss chard, watermelon, bell peppers that I’m harvesting. Saving my seeds for next year too. You helped me save my watermelon plants by recommending the mint spray thank you. Also used your advise and wrapped my watermelon fruit with towels every night which saved them from the predators. Thank you my gardener friend.
    Sincerely, Janice G

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hello Janice – Love the veggies you have growing – it’s so wonderful to be able to grow year round here in So Cal, isn’t it? And saving seeds is the best – free plants. Way to go! So glad you are enjoying the videos and blog posts and that they are helping you grow more of your own food to share with those you love. Thanks for stopping by to visit and share!

  3. Janita Sawyer-Boatman

    September 30, 2017

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    Hi Calikim, im growing turnips zucchini,pumpkins green yellow peae tomato brandywine tomato. Cayenne pepper brown sweet peppers green peppers, cucumbers . I love it. Thanks for everything.

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hello Janita – wow, you have an amazing variety growing! You must live in a warm climate like I do. Isn’t the fresh food from the garden so tasty? Thanks for stopping by to visit!

  4. Denise W

    September 30, 2017

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    Hi Kim. Thank you and camera guy for you videos. I live in GA and it’s still pretty hot here. I still have tomatoes, cucumbers, papers growing. I have lettuce, carrots, radish seeds I’m about to direct sow. And within the next week or two in going the get cabbage, collards, broccoli seedlings to transplant. Also putting onions and garlic out. Again thanks for all the info you’ve provided, I really appreciate it.

  5. Conception

    September 30, 2017

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    Hi CaliKim
    I live in Southern California City of Downey, Ca

    Right now I have some sweet peppers still growing not mature to put in the garden yet , I have some seeds and need to collect a few more like what you are growing right now , I have my pep pellets I am a late Bloomer I will seed them on Monday I am off work that Day . Learning a lot from you and your gardening. Have faith that I could do it . I also purchased the e/book back when I Subscribe but haven’t received it yet , I am learning how to use my phone on my own, I am going to purchase one of the smart pots,

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hello Conception,

      How amazing that you are growing peppers – bet you can’t wait to harvest! It’s always fun to spend a day off working in the garden, isn’t it? I like to call it garden therapy! So sorry you haven’t received your ebook yet, usually it is sent immediately. Check your junk folder (esp with gmail) and if you still don’t see it, email me at calikim@calikimgardenandhome.com and I’ll get a new link to you. Thanks for visiting me here and enjoy your day off!

  6. jody

    September 30, 2017

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    hi calikim
    some unexpected physical problems ended my fall plantings but haven’t stopped my pencil and paper from working on placement and supplies for the spring planting. i will be looking forward to your videos on seed starting to transplanting to growing to harvest in 2018. you have the best videos i have seen, very helpful.

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hello Jody –
      So sorry to hear about your physical problems – sure hope they improve soon. Good for you for not letting it stop you from planning for your spring garden! In the meantime, have you ever considered growing a simple indoor garden so you have some fresh food to harvest in the cold months? In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is a link to my “Growing Your Indoor Garden” series I did last year, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH4z_9MDD00JC763unx7ey86F20D0Gnep. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me here!

  7. sally p.

    September 30, 2017

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    Hi Kim, without your advice on growing a summer and fall Garden I would not today have my traveling mini garden In grow bags! I am so hooked on growing when ever I can in my baby space, I cannot read enough on what I’m growing. thank you for all the advice you are the best.

    Sally/Glendora Ca.

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hello Sally,
      It’s so convenient to grow in grow bags so you can just move them around to chase the sun or shade. So glad the videos and blog posts have helped – even in a small space, you can grow your own food – great job! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

  8. Benjamin

    October 1, 2017

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    Ya I can’t wait to get my lettuce started. I will be starting Kale this week and hope to start lettuce soon. It has been so hot though and I don’t do very well at putting up shade cloth 🙂 The smart pot cloth long bags look so cool. I have been looking for something like that. I don’t know that they will be in my garden any time soon but I am very interested them. I use reusable walmart bads and there just never seems to be enough room 🙂 But I have had friends telling me to grow kale for awhile so I am planing to get several types. I will have to keep my eye out for Prizm Kale 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • CaliKim

      October 2, 2017

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      Hello Benjamin, the cool weather crops are so much fun to grow. Kale is both heat and cold tolerant, you’ll love growing it! I’ve used the Walmart bags to grow in also – a great way to grow on a budget for sure! If you can work a few Smart Pots containers in to your budget, they are very reasonable and last forever. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me on the blog!

  9. Rick

    October 7, 2017

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    Hi Kim,

    As always, Thank You! The garden is closed up but I do have carrots and radishes outside in containers. I’m liking the looks and sound of that Mizuna Red Kingdom. I may have to look into that : )

    • CaliKim

      October 24, 2017

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      Hi Rick,

      Glad you have some containers still going. Often root veggies will overwinter beautifully, as long as you apply some shredded leaves for mulch to keep them nice and cozy all winter. Mizuna Red kingdom is a new favorite of ours, so beautiful. Thanks for visiting me here on the blog!

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