Fall and winter planting schedule

Wondering what vegetables to plant for fall and winter, and when to plant them? I went over a basic list for the Maritime Northwest in my talk at City People’s Garden Store last weekend, and promised attendees I’d post it to this site.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Early-mid July: fall broccoli, overwintering broccoli, kale, cauliflower, radish, snap and snow pea, chard, green onion, beet, carrot, turnip, rutabaga.
  • Late July: fall cabbages, Chinese cabbage, collard, spinach, Daikon radish, parsnip, turnip
  • Early August: overwintering onion, green onion, lettuce, spinach, chard, chicories
  • Late August: overwintering cabbage, spinach, arugula, corn salad, Asian greens, lettuce
  • Early September: overwintering cabbage, mustard greens, radish, spinach, endive, lettuce
  • Late September (all overwintering): snow peas, carrot, mustard greens, lettuce, spinach, cover crops
  • October: garlic, shallots, fava beans, cover crops

These are all planted from seed, but you can add a few weeks to these dates if you want to get starts from the nurseries and plant those instead.

Notice that some vegetables are listed in multiple time periods – make small sowings in succession for a longer harvest.

Also, monitor tender greens such as lettuce planted in August or later for need of cloche protection if the weather turns abruptly cold in late fall. Overwintering plants should only get large enough to have a few true sets of leaves before winter hits.

Finally, when buying seeds, look for varieties that specify fall and winter growing, like Continuity lettuce and Merida carrots. And remember, if you miss the planting time, check the nurseries for starts.

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