10 Veggies You Can Plant Now and Harvest Before Winter

August can be a great time for planting vegetables if you want to get in one last crop before winter sets in. But what should you plant? To figure out, know two things: when the first freeze usually occurs in your area and how long it takes the vegetable to grow before you can harvest it.

Anna Hackman, a master gardener who blogs at Green Talk, suggests consulting this Planting Date Chart. For example, if you want to plant carrots, and it normally doesn’t freeze where you live until around October 30, you could sow carrots the middle of August and still get a crop.

Carissa Berg Bonham of Creative Green Living says, “In Oregon, I can grow cabbage, broccoli and kale all through the winter. It grows really slowly but it’s fun because then you still have fresh produce during the winter.”

Of course, if you have a greenhouse, you can extend your growing season much longer. If not, here are ten vegetables you can plant in August for harvest in the fall.

1. Leaf lettuce.

Plant starter sets if you can still find them. That way, you’ll get close to full-size lettuce before the frost hits. Otherwise, sow the seed and harvest tender micro and baby greens.

2. Beets.

Garden Harvest Supply is an online vendor of fall vegetable plants, including heirloom red beet plants. Fortunately, this vegetable tastes best when harvested young. Its deep red leaves are yummy to add to salads, too.

3. Broccoli.

Here’s another veggie that you should sow as a plant, rather than seed. Fortunately, broccoli likes cooler weather, so planting it as summer heat is starting to wane shouldn’t do it any harm.

4. Bush Cucumbers.

Bush cucumbers grow on short vines that don’t require staking; you can plant them in pots as well as your garden, which might make them easier to cover up at night if you get surprised by an early frost.

5. Kale.

Like lettuce, you want to plant a starter set rather than seed. Like broccoli, kale can do well in cooler temperatures, though it still like 8 hours of sunlight.

6. Spinach.

Here in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. I’ve been able to sow spinach seed directly into the ground and still get a small spinach crop before our first frost. In addition to getting fresh greens, another advantage of sowing later in the season is that bugs don’t seem to be as difficult to control as when it’s really hot and humid outside. And for this organic gardener, that’s good news!

7. Radishes.

These red and white balls of crunchiness are ideal for mid-summer planting because they only need around 30 days to mature. Even if your area normally gets a freeze by October 10, you can plant radishes as late as September 10 and still enjoy a harvest.

8. Peas.

Here’s another crop you need to plant as seed rather than a set. But even if you get them in the ground by August 20, you should be able to harvest them by October 30.

9. Cabbage.

Plant sets, not seeds, by August 20 if you don’t expect a frost before or around November 10.

10. Herbs.

You can plant a wide variety of herbs in the summer for harvesting before it freezes. I usually plant my herbs in pots that I can bring in and put on my windowsill when the cold weather arrives. Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and chives work pretty well that way. Rather than plant from seed, I can still get starter sets at my farmer’s market and at a reasonable price.

What are you planting to keep veggies growing in your yard?

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