Fall veggie gardenprep!

Asked July 3, 2018, 3:10 PM EDT

Hello, I am preparing for my first real fall veggie garden, and I'm looking for high-yield plants for small-ish garden spaces. I would like to harvest late into the year maybe even after snow- but that might be wishful thinking. Do you have specific vegetables or cultivars that you've found successful for late planting in the DMV/DC area? I have a small in-ground area and 4 raised garden beds (on top concrete), all of which receive 6-8 hours of full sun. I'm currently growing tomatoes and bell peppers in these ares. I'm hoping to grow kale, swiss chard, broccoli, and mustard greens, starting indoors in August and transplanting into the garden after the summer crops are finished. Thank you for your suggestions on local favorites. Hope your summer garden is doing well despite the heat and humidity! Best,

District of Columbia County District of Columbia vegetables fall garden

1 Response

Take a look at our planting calendar for vegetables that can be planted for fall harvest, Vegetable Profiles, and Recommended Cultivars

Since you are located in DC it is hard to know how long your plants will go into the fall. Kale is a good fall crop and turnips (Hakeuri) are small and can be planted together. Spinach and arugula can be planted late in the fall and will overwinter and continue to grow in the spring.
Take a look at our website on floating row cover which can extend the season. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/Edibles/GE004_2...

If you decide not to plant in some of the beds, you can plant a cover crop to protect and improve your soil. You can plant as early as mid August but usually no later than mid October. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/cover-crops-protect-and-improve-your-soil

Lastly, take a look at our monthly vegetable tips for fall gardening. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/library/monthly-gardening-tips#vegetables