Start planning now for fall garden

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While the start of August may be too early to plant a fall garden, it’s not too soon to start planning for one.

Experts at the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture suggest the following cool-season vegetables, along with recommended varieties, for planting in a fall garden:

  • Broccoli: Marathon, Packman, Patriot, Premium Crop, Bravo and Decathlon;
  • Cabbage: Blue Dynasty, Bravo, Early Round Dutch, Rio Verde and Green Jewel;
  • Carrot: Chantenay, Scarlet Nantes, Sweetbites and Sweet Delight;
  • Cauliflower: Absolute, Early Snowball, Graffiti (purple), White Magic and Symphony;
  • Collard greens: Blue Max, Georgia Southern and Heavi-Crop;
  • Kale: Vates, Dwarf Siberian, Blue Armor and Blue Knight;
  • Lettuce: Butterhead, Romaine and Buttercrunch;
  • Mustard greens: Florida Broadleaf, Southern Giant Curled, Red Giant and Savanna;
  • Onion, green: White Portugal;
  • Onion, dry bulb: Burgundy, Excel, Grano, Red Creole and Savannah Sweet;
  • Radish: Cherry Belle, Scarlet Globe and Champion;
  • Spinach: Melody and Winter Bloomsdale.

Plants in this list of cool-season vegetables will tolerate limited exposure to freezing temperatures. Planting dates for fall gardens should be based on anticipated dates for freezing temperatures in your area.

Transplants or seeds should be easy to find at local feed and seed or garden supply stores and are easy to order from seed catalogs. Maturity information for each variety is provided on seed packets.

Specific planting dates should be selected in relation to variety maturity requirements and acceptable risk of harvest loss due to freezing temperatures.