As summer’s crops begin to wane in their production and look more and more ragged, the urge for many gardeners is to begin to clean up and put away their gardening tools. Luckily, this is a good time to heed that urge.
UGA’s Vegetable Planting Chart, which includes names of many vegetable varieties that are known to produce well in Georgia, shows planting dates for spring garden vegetables as well as for the fall garden. Late summer is an excellent time to prepare for fall crops like beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, turnips and kale.
The first frost is fairly reliably in mid-November or later. In order for the plants to reach maturity in a timely manner (before next spring), we need to get our fall vegetables started now. The good news is that we usually get plenty of warm weather after the first frost, before winter really sets in, so vegetables will continue to mature past the frost date. However, growth will slow substantially, and any plants that are too young might not survive the first frost without protection.