Fall Garden: When to Plant Vegetables for the Fall

Succession Gardening: Planting Dates for Fall Crops

September 8, 2017
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Here’s a handy fall garden guide to help you decide what to plant in the fall garden and when to plant your fall crops! The succession gardening chart below shows the last fall planting dates, based on the first expected frost dates in the fall.

Extending your gardening season with a second harvest can dramatically increase your annual yield—and allow you to enjoy fresh vegetables into fall and winter. In addition, fall gardening is often easier since there are fewer pests and problems in cooler weather. Finally, a fall “cover” crop can organically protect and build your soil.

To calculate the best time to plant your fall vegetable garden, look at the first expected freeze dates. Choose the date that comes closest to the expected first killing frost in your area. If you do not know the date, use our Frost Dates Calculator.

When to Plant Your Fall Crops

Click here to expand the chart below (PDF).


Advice on Your Fall Garden

See our Autumnal Equinox page for even more fall-themed advice, folklore, and facts!


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I have had a lot of success

I have had a lot of success using the tower garden. Check out my web site to see how to grow many plants in a small area. Http://rturner.towergarden.com

We planted two brandywine

We planted two brandywine heritage tomatoes in a raised bed, at least 20 feet away from the other variety of tomatoes we planted. The two Brandywines were planted with hot pepper plants near them and some leaf lettuce. We have 10 different variety of tomatoes spread out through our .75 acre garden and the other plants are having no troubles, even the brandywine in the container on the porch has no problems.

The two Brandywines we are having problems with have the lower leaves turning yellow, upper leaves are fine. We were thinking it needed a top up with Epsom salts and water to add nutrients. The peppers in the same bed are large and producing very well, have picked several times. The stem near the ground on the Brandywines is also discoloured.

Although it's difficult to

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Although it's difficult to diagnose, without seeing a sample, one possibility is that these two plants are suffering from fusarium wilt or fusarium crown rot. Brandywines are susceptible to several diseases, include fusarium. Fusarium starts out as a yellowing of the lower leaves; eventually, they will wilt, and then die off; the disease will start to travel up the plant. There is also a brown discoloration inside the stem from the base to about 6 or 12 inches above ground. Fusarium that affects tomatoes will not affect peppers. However, verticillium wilt is very similar, and that does affect other plants.
For photos of fusarium and other diseases of tomatoes, you might check out this site:
Also, a great diagnostic guide for tomato diseases can be found here:

We live in western PA. In

We live in western PA. In our garden we have a variety of vegetables. The green beans did beautifully the first year, but not since then. Could it be either the location (next to sugar snap peas & carrots) or do pill bugs eat them from underneath? This year has been the worst, only two plants took and still only yielded a handful. I know not to plant in the same location each year and I shouldn't have but did. It really looks like something ate them from underneath is my guess. Can you help?

Green beans grow fine next to

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Green beans grow fine next to most veggies. However, there are several bean pests. Are your beans are being cut off at the ground level? That could be cutworms. Are you finding pill bugs in your soil? Put out slug bait and ring plants with crushed egg shells and diatomaceous earth. If you're open to non-organic solutions, you could try Sevin Dust. We do also advise rotating green beans to avoid fungus infection. Rotate so there are 2 to 3 years between plantings in the same plot. Hope these tips help. You could bring a sample to your local cooperative extension for a diagnosis.

when is a good time for

when is a good time for planting bulbs in western Maine?

Early- to mid-October is a

Catherine Boeckmann's picture

Early- to mid-October is a good time to plant bulbs in your area. See this growing guide for fall-planted bulbs: http://www.almanac.com/content...