Planning to plant 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)
The following resources are from neighboring states and share information about fall vegetable gardens:
- Fall Vegetable Crops for your Garden by Michigan State University Extension has a chart of vegetables and average days to harvest as well as veggie tips for fall vegetables.
- Freeze damage in fall vegetables: Identifying and preventing by Michigan State University Extension has information listed by vegetable as well as information on methods for protecting sensitive crops and extending the growing season.
- The Fall Vegetable Garden by Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, factsheet including Table 2. Cold temperature tolerance of vegetables.
- Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky (this is a thorough document about vegetable gardening – for specifics on seasonal gardening, including fall gardening, see pages 14 – 16).
For gardening in any season, it’s always helpful to start with a soil test. The University of Massachuttes has directions, order form and information about doing a home vegetable garden soil test (you can opt to do soil tests for other areas also). Click here to go to their website.
If you have any questions about your soil test, vegetables in the garden or other questions related to horticulture, please call the Horticulture Hotline at 419-578-6783 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – 1 pm. Questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org