Fall vegetables protected from the cold by a hoop house.
A simple low hoop house, made of PVC pipe and agrifabric, insulates fall vegetables from frosts and pests. Photo by H.N. Kolich

Heather Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County

Fall gardens offer several advantages to gardeners. First, the weather is more pleasant for outdoor activities. Second, while cool season crops aren’t pest free, most are leafy green plants that don’t require pollinator insects to produce edible food. This fact allows growers to enclose plants in low hoop houses and very effectively exclude pests. Additionally, because these crops grow and mature during the school year, fall gardens are a great option for school gardening programs.

Fall vegetables to purchase as transplantsBroccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower
Fall vegetables to plant in the garden from seedsBeets, bunching onions, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips

Refer to the University of Georgia Vegetable Planting Chart, Circular 963 (http://extension.uga.edu/publications/files/html/C963/C963VegeChart.pdf ) for recommended cultivars and planting dates.