The advent of autumn brings with it a new bounty of crops from the garden. What are the best fall crops to grow in your particular area? This list of ideal fall crops for each region of the United States will help you get the most from your garden, helping you plant vegetables that will flourish in your climatic conditions. Kale, kohlrabi, leeks and peas are among the crops that flourish once the weather starts to get chilly.
Leafy greens like lettuce and arugula enjoy cool weather, and after the first frost, carrots will taste even sweeter. Nearly any plant you can grow in the spring will do well in the fall, also.
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
Many of the same crops that do well in the Northeast will also grow in the Midwest. While peas are often thought of as a spring crop, fall also provides ideal conditions. Pea vines add a pop of color to the fall garden, when nearly everything else is beginning to die back.
- Sweet pepper
- Pole beans
When other regions are freezing, the Southeast typically remains temperate, so summer favorites like tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers can continue to grow well into fall. Pole beans are an ornamental choice that will provide lots of lush greenery as well as edible beans.
- Bok choy
The arid Southwest also has mild winters, so fall is a great time to grow crops that are scorched by the summer heat. Potatoes planted in the summer will continue to grow in the fall; these hearty crops can be harvested about 2-3 weeks after flowering.
- Mustard greens
While the Northwest doesn't get a lot of sun, it provides the perfect cool and shady conditions for leafy greens like lettuce, chard, mache and mustard greens. Colorful chard looks pretty, too, often bearing red or purple stems.