Planting a fall garden is a goal for a lot of home gardeners, however, it can be tricky to know what to plant in the fall. This post is a complete fall planting guide to help you sort out when to plant what vegetables and planting fall bulbs so you can enjoy a wonderful harvest to come.
With the days growing shorter and the temperature dropping it can be hard to know which plants will hold up to cooler and wetter weather. After this, you’ll have a good understanding of what to plant when so you can enjoy an amazing fall garden.
To make this process even easier for you, I’ve created a free garden planner to help you create the amazing fall garden you’ve always dreamed of having. Click the button below to download the free fall garden planner.
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What to plant in fall
I’ve always dreamed of having a year-round garden however, it can be kinda hard to grow things in the cold dark winters we get in the pacific northwest. That’s why I decided to try to extend the gardening season by planting a fall garden.
There are a few types of gardens that you can maintain in the fall that I’d like to go over in this post.
- Flowers for fall
- Vegetables to grow in the fall
- Bulbs to plant in the fall
These are two different types of gardens and I’d like to expand on each.
Planting fall vegetables
You’d be surprised by how much you can grow during the fall season. Most of your leafy greens and other vegetables grow really well in the fall. A few good examples of what to plant in the fall are:
- Most lettuces
Most cabbages, root vegetables, squash, and leafy greens are going to thrive in the cooler and wetter weather.
Fall garden plans
I’m a fan of square foot gardening so all of my raised beds are set up that way. I did write a blog post about how to plant a square foot garden that goes into great detail but if you don’t know what that is, it’s a way of planting in 1 square foot blocks. This allows you to grow more in a smaller area.
There are a few steps I like to take at the beginning of each growing season to make sure that my vegetables grow well and we receive a good amount of food. This makes all of the hard work worth it in the long run.
Fertilize the soil
Your veggies need to eat too and before you plan out your fall garden it’s important to make sure that the soil has enough nutrients for the veggies to thrive. I use an all-purpose organic vegetable fertilizer each month.
Plant in a rotation
To add length to your growing season a great way to do that is to not plant all of your starts and seeds at one time. I like to plant around every week or every other week to help spread out the vegetable harvesting time.
If you plant everything at once, all of your veggies will be ready at once. However, if you spread it out you’ll be gradually getting food over a longer period of time.
Plan out what you’re going to plant
Depending on you and your family’s needs will determine what you are going to plant. If your family eats a lot of veggies this will help with food costs. So, it’s a good idea to have a good variety of carrots, lettuces, and cabbages will feel you and your family throughout the fall season.
Planting fall flowers
I love fresh cut flowers in my home, the flowers make my home smell amazing and they bring extra color into a room. One of my goals is to create a big enough flower garden so I can create beautiful flower bouquets most of the year.
Planting fall bulbs is a great way to give your yard and garden beautiful flowers in the spring and summer. Early fall is the perfect time to start planting those bulbs before the ground starts to freeze.
Create a flower garden that blooms from early spring to late summer with all different types of bulbs. There’s nothing better to get me out of my winter blues than to see my daffodils starting to pop up out of the dirt in late February.
Most home improvement stores sell bulb packs for you to plant in the fall. Another great place is Costco. You can get packs of 50-100 bulbs to plant in your yard. Just imagine all of that color!
What flowers grow in the fall?
Flowers that grow in the fall are:
- Flowering Kale
- Oriental Lily
What flowers grow in fall and winter?
Flowers that grow in the fall and winter are:
- Japanese quince
- Maule’s quince
- Winter Aconite
What are the best flowers to plant in September?
The best flowers to plant in September for a beautiful fall flower garden are:
What to plant in the fall for spring?
Here are some of the best things to plant in the fall for your spring veggie garden:
- Any leafy greens like spinach, lettuces, kale, etc.
- Root vegetables like beets, carrots, etc.
Want to plant some bulbs? Here are some bulbs and flowers to plant in the fall for a spring flower garden:
- Early Iris
- Bleeding Heart
It doesn’t have to be hard. If you already have a designated spot for a garden then just taking a few steps to create a fall garden will take you no time at all. To make this experience a little easier, I do have a mini garden planner to help you plan out your next garden.
To download this planner click the image below.