Labor Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean your vegetable garden has to stop growing.
The average first frost date for fall in our area is October 21 (give or take), so that means there’s still plenty of time to plant certain vegetables and garner a harvest.
Fast maturing vegetables include beets, bush beans, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, and zucchini. If for some reason these do not mature fast enough before the first frost, you can use row cover or garden fabric to keep them safe from the colder weather.
If you’re looking for something that is frost-tolerant try broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, and turnips.
And of course, as soon as your lettuce starts to show signs of age, you can pull it up and plant new varieties in its space. Lettuce can produce well into the fall months.
Some herbs are also hardier and will last into the fall months if left outdoors including thyme and rosemary, but of course you can also pull herb planters indoors to keep them going all year round.
But before you plant anything read the labels and check that the plant’s instructions match our plant hardiness zone. And to ensure that the soil is ready come fall, make sure it is moist, shaded, and you can even use mulch to ensure it does not dry out from the hot summer months.