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In September we start shutting down our garden for the year, but there is still time to plant vegetables now to enjoy later in the fall. Depending on where you live, the vegetables you can plant now will vary – but even in the colder areas there are more options than you may be aware of. Some are fast growing vegetables while some others should be planted as soon as possible for later enjoyment.
These vegetables make a good fall harvest for any continental US
In Zones 3-10Which includes all of the continental United States, vegetables to plant in September include lettuce, radishes, and garlic. For radishes and lettuce, choose the fast growing varieties, while garlic is a crop that you need to plant now to enjoy in spring. And if you’re in the mood for berries, planting blueberry bushes in the fall is a great way to encourage healthy root development and encourage growth in early spring.
For slightly cooler areas
Spinach is also one good autumn harvest for planting, although it does require slightly cooler temperatures, which makes it suitable for Zones 3-9. Basically, spinach is a great option to plant in September, as long as you don’t live in certain parts of South Florida, Texas, California, or Arizona.
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For slightly warmer areas
If you live in zones 5-9, which encompasses most of the continental United States with the exception of certain parts of the northern states, then Broccoli makes for a good autumn harvest– and one that you can pick well into November. You just want to make sure you choose a faster growing strain like Calabrese or Early Purple Sprouting.
A more detailed map and a planting plan for your state can be found at Urban Harvest Information for all continental countries. For information about fall fruits that grow well in Hawaii, you can go to a monthly planting plan here; however, in Alaska, September is a little too chilly to plant vegetables.