What to Plant
While most gardeners plant vegetables in late spring, there are some great veggies to plant in early fall. Plants that grow fast and can handle the colder temperatures tend to be planted in early September. That includes broccoli, beets, carrots and a variety of greens including arugula, kale, spinach, collard greens and tatsoi.
When to Plant
The greens can survive well into the winter, and the flavor is actually enhanced by the frosty weather. Kale and collard greens should be started six to eight weeks before the first frost, and spinach should be started four to six weeks before the first frost. Kale and spinach can survive temperatures down to 10 degrees, and collard greens can survive down to 5 degrees.
With a little extra protection, broccoli, beets, arugula and carrots can also survive these conditions, and that extra protection doesn’t have to be complicated. Anything from a blanket to a small greenhouse will work.