With fall rapidly approaching, too many people think that the vegetable gardening season is over. How wrong they are! Tomatoes may be fading but the approaching cool season brings the opportunity to grow a lot of other fabulous fall vegetables. Cole crops, or cool season vegetables, are the brassicas, lettuces and other cool weather loving veggies. The fall vegetable garden can be plentiful, easy and rewarding. Many crops can be covered in late fall for harvests into winter as well.
When to Plant Fall Vegetables
A good guideline to follow is to pay close attention to the days to maturity for each crop on your seed pack or garden planner. Anything that requires around 90 days (or more), such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and head lettuce, should be started by seed early August. Vegetables with a shorter time to maturity, such as carrots, radishes, leaf lettuces, kale, collards, etc., can be directly sown through September. For a detailed list of seed starting dates, see this article here. Don’t worry if you have missed the August deadline for 90 day to maturity plants like broccoli and cauliflower, we have already established plants available for purchase at the garden center!
Fall Vegetable Plants for Sale – Raleigh NC
We carry a variety of established fall vegetable plants including: Broccoli, Brussles Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale, Pak Choi, Bok Choi, Leeks, Beets, Mustard, Collards, Arugula, Spinach and a variety of lettuces. We have a limited selection heirloom vegetable plants as weel.
We also carry a wide line of seeds from conventional to organic seeds including seeds from Botanical Interest and Baker Creek Heirloom. Choose from Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbages, Kales, Chinese Cabbages, Lettuces, Leeks, Onions, Beets, Mustards, Collards, Spinach, Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard, Brussles Sprouts and more for fall harvest.
Stop in, email or call 919-878-8877 to start your vegetable garden today!
What Else Do I Need to Plant in Fall?
Now is a great time to plant garlic, shallots and onion sets. Once they take root and the tops have grown a few inches, cover them with a nice layer of straw and in the spring they will be some of the first plants to show signs of life next year.
Strawberry plants can also be planted now. While they won’t bear fruit this year, the pleasant fall weather will help the plants grow and establish a good root system so they’ll be more than ready when spring roles around next year. They also double as a fabulous evergreen groundcover!
Other fruits, like citrus, make wonderful potted plants. Citrus trees like meyer lemon, satsuma, kaffir lime and more thrive outdoors during the growing season and make a great house plant over the winter in a sunny window. Learn more about citrus here.
We also have a great selection of herbs – many that tolerate cold weather so you can snip all winter. Plant sage, thyme, rosemary and bay as well as semi-evergreen oregano. Cilantro likes it a little cold so it will thrive in your herb garden this fall until frost. You can also try your hand at growing more tender herbs like basil indoors this winter with grow lights.
Fall Vegetable Gardens – Try Containers!
If you don’t have the space for a large vegetable garden, most plants thrive in containers! Small spaces and patio pots are the perfect spot to grow veggies, especially cool season lettuces and greens. Radishes, small onions, and shallots all do well in containers. Square foot gardens and raised beds take up little to no room and can grow an abundance of crops! Stop in to visit our garden center and our staff can assist you with the products you need to vegetable garden in any space!