I love my fall garden. To be fair, I love all gardens. But I especially love when I can go out in my garden at any time and not sweat my butt off. I especially love all the things I can plant in my fall garden. Don’t get me wrong, I love my tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and more that the summer garden gives me. But eating fresh green beans, carrots, and peas? It takes the cake. So let’s get into my fall garden guide.
What to plant
First thing first. What goes into a fall garden? Well, pretty much anything that is cool/ cold hardy. We are talking brassicas like broccoli and cabbages and all the different types of lettuce. Then there’s carrots, peas, garlic and beans. And depending on your fall/ winter seasons, you can even get some summer squashes in there too. A lot of herbs do well in fall gardens as well. Just make sure you have plenty of time to harvest before your first frost.
In our garden, we are going to be planting peas, lettuce, bush beans, carrots and garlic. I also plan on starting a couple summer squash plants and seeing if we can get them in the ground after our tomato harvest. Since our growing season is long in Georgia, we will have to time everything to make sure that we can get everything in the same garden space. If we can’t, it’s not a big deal but it would be nice.
When to plant
Planting a fall garden in the same space as a summer garden can lead to some space and timing issues. A fall garden is just that, a garden that is harvested in the fall. But that isn’t always when you plant or even start your seedlings. Starting your seedlings needs to happen several weeks ahead of planting, depending on your plants. Also, some seeds like carrots, need to be direct sown. To give you a break down of what we are planting in our fall garden, here is what we are doing based on our 7b zone.
- Carrot– Carrots are direct sow. We will plant these babies when our watermelon is done. This should put us in mid September, perfect timing.
- Peas– We are going to plant our peas in the unused spaces next to our tomatoes. We will also direct sow these. We are looking to get these guys in the ground around mid to end July. This particular variety does well over winter as long as it is not too harsh. Our winters are cold but not usually below freezing for very long
- Lettuce– We love all sorts of lettuce. We grow not just for us, but for our bearded dragons. This year we are trying out a seed mat from Territorial Seed Company because why not. This mat can be cut to size but we should only have to cut it in half to fill our garlic and lettuce bed.
- Garlic– I LOVE garlic. Not enough to eat it raw mind you, but love it all the same. This particular variety is massive! We have a special garlic bed that is only used for garlic and lettuce. With garlic you will generally plant in October, and harvest in June. Generally. Check for your zone.
- Zucchini– We love zucchini and we will be attempting to get it in the ground around end of August. That means that we have to option to direct sow (which is probably what we will do) or start seedlings. If you start seedlings, be sure to do it 3-4 weeks prior to planting.
Where to buy seeds
I have three main sources for my seeds. This year we are going to be using Territorial Seed Company for our seeds and our giveaway. If you would like more information on the giveaway, you can click on the link above or go ahead and sign up for our giveaway at the top or bottom of this post.
I highly recommend Territorial Seed because they have been in business for over 40 years and have stayed true to their mission of great seeds and great customer service. They also have a ton of features on their website like a garden planner, journals, and more. I also love the one stop shop feel, I can order my seeds, use the garden planner and then keep notes all in one spot.
Another reason I love TSC is the fact that every seed that they list on their site has a ton of information about it. Things like when to plant, how to plant and when to harvest are just a few things that I really like to know.
Now, you can absolutely buy seeds anywhere. Big box stores may have their fall garden seeds out and if not, you can always order them online. Just make sure that your seeds fit into whatever values you have and are viable. I also use Baker Creek Seed and Eden Brothers. I’m just choosing TSC for this year.
If you would like a chance to enter into our fall garden giveaway click the link and it will take you to our sign up page with all the details. Or if you would like to just buy the seeds head over to TSC and show them some love.