I finally got the first red tomatoes from my garden yesterday. Two big ripe slicing tomatoes and four small cherry tomatoes are sitting on my counter waiting to be savored later today. Does that mean I can rest on my laurels and just collect the bounty over the next several weeks as it appears?

Sure I could. Or I could start thinking about planting for fall. I’ve never done a mid-summer planting for fall before, but I’m going to do it this year. I found a great resource that gives planting dates by zone for various vegetables over at The Vegetable Garden. Simply click on the planting zone you live in and look over the dates on the table for vegetables. You’ll be able to see that currently there are many vegetables that you can plant that will last you through the first frost and some will even go beyond then. If you’re unsure of your zone, you can visit the site’s zone map first.

What are some of the vegetables that can be planted for fall?

  • Bush and pole beans
  • Lima beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

This is just a partial list, and the dates the vegetables can be planted will vary according to time zone. I’ll be putting in some more beans, trying to do broccoli once again (my first planting ended up as bunny food), radishes and perhaps spinach.

Do you plant for the fall? What works best for you?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Plant now for vegetables through the fall
Extend the life of your vegetable garden by planting crops now that will take you through the change of seasons.