Planting A Fall Vegetable Garden

Planting a fall vegetable garden is a great way to extend the growing season and enjoy some cool weather crops after the heat of the summer fades away. Some vegetables love cooler weather!

It’s important to know about the average number of days to harvest for each crop,  the cold temperature tolerance of vegetables, and the average anticipated date of the first frost in your area (around October 15th for Northwest Ohio). If you have questions from an online presentation, please contact Amy Stone or Patrice Powers-Barker  (information updated summer 2020 – thanks going out to Pam Bennett and Carri Jagger for their assistance on garden content).

Fall Vegetable Garden Charts

The following charts give general information on when to plant vegetable seeds for a fall garden harvest in Ohio:

PowerPoint Slides for 2020 Fall Vegetable Garden lesson

OSU Extension Resources related to gardening and vegetables:

Additional Resources

The following blogs and factsheets are from neighboring states and share additional information about fall vegetable gardens. Note for Ohio growers, the seasonal calendar dates will be different for different growing zones so take that into consideration when reading recommended planting and harvesting dates from other areas.


Cool Season Crops, (2020), Seed Savers Exchange, Retrieved from

Durham, R., Strang, J., Williams, M., Wright, S., Bessin, R., Lee, B., Pfeufer, E. (2019). Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky. Retrieved from

Gardening in small spaces, bulletin #2761, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Retrieved from

Jonael. (2017). Growing fresh cilantro in your garden or small farm. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and University of Florida. Retrieved 06/23/20 from

Lerner, R. (2020). Versatile vegetables for fall gardening. Purdue Agriculture. Retrieved from

Lilley, J., (2017 April 20). Succession planting. University of Maine Extension. Retrieved from

Planning for the garden. (no date). Ohio State University Extension, Excerpted from OSU Extension Bulletin 287 Home Vegetable Gardening, (1991, out of print) Utzinger, Brooks and Wittmeyer. Retrieved from

Ulry, L. (2019). Growing with the seasons. 4-H 692. Ohio State University Extension.

Voyle, G. (2012).  Fall vegetable crops for your garden. Michigan State University Extension. Retrieved from

When to Plant Vegetables: The Garden Planting Calendar (2020). The National Garden Association. Retrieved from

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