With all this heat and consistent sunshine many of the veggies in my garden are ready early. This is great except I’m blowing through my lettuce supply fairly quickly and I’ve come to the conclusion I’m going to need to start a new crop for some of the hardier early vegetables. In this blog I’d like to review some of the plants that will fare well into the fall and provide you with a first or second crop that can be enjoyed around the thanksgiving table. You can even start a new type of veggie in the space of a plant which has already come to fruit and is finished for the season. This is process is referred to as succession planting.

There are two considerations – will the plant mature quickly before the cold temperatures or alternatively will fare well despite even light frost.

Here’s a quick reference for plants that can be planted now and enjoyed before the snow begins to fall.

Vegetables Planting Timeline Cold Tolerance Days to Maturity
Beets July 15 to Aug. 15 Semi-hardy 55 to 60
Broccoli July 15 to Aug. 15 Hardy 70 to 80
Brussels sprouts July 1 to 15 Hardy 90 to 100
Cabbage (plants) Aug 1 to 15 Hardy 70 to 80
Cabbage, Chinese Aug. 1 to 15 Hardy 75-85
Carrots July 1 to 15 Hardy 85 to 95
Cauliflower Aug 1 to 15 Semi-hardy 55 to 65
Collards July 15 to Aug. 15 Hardy 60 to 100
Cucumbers, pickling Aug. 1 to 15 Tender 40 to 50
Cucumbers, slicing Aug. 1 to 15 Tender 40 to 50
Kale Aug. 15 to Sept. 1 Hardy 40 to 50
Kohlrabi Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 Hardy 50 to 60
Lettuce (leaf) Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 Semi-hardy 40 to 50
Lettuce (head) Aug. 15 to 31 Semi-hardy 70 to 85
Mustard Aug. 1 to Sept. 15 Hardy 30 to 40
Onions (sets or plants) Sept. 1 to 15 Hardy 60 to 80
Radishes Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 Hardy 25 to 30
Radish, Diakon Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 Hardy 60 to 75
Rutabagas July 1 to Aug. 1 Semi-hardy 70 to 80
Spinach Aug. 1 to 15 Hardy 50 to 60
Turnips Aug. 1 to 31 Hardy 55 to 60
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