Vegetables You Can Plant in Late Summer for Fall Harvest

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Rake and leaves against a tree in the fall

Alright so it’s now in the middle of June, and July is just around the corner. You’re looking at fresh vegetables growing EVERYWHERE!

It’s VERY exciting and beautiful isn’t it?

Depending how early you were able to start you garden would depend on what all you’ve been able to grow and harvest by now.

If you are already able to harvest a TON of different Summer vegetables you may be already thinking about what you can get planted mid Summer for the Fall harvest.

Thinking ahead is a very helpful thing especially when you are running a business-farming is a business at it’s core.

Of course, we all know that different seasons can call for different types of vegetables.

Things like pumpkins, because of the very long germination time are typically planted in May so they are ready for the Fall harvest.

But there are other types of Fall vegetables you can start later in the Summer, that will be ready in time for the next harvest.

Wait! What should I be thinking about planting?

Don’t worry we will let you know exactly what can be planted.

Certain areas right now because of all the major rain this year are just now getting their usual spring gardens in. Which is almost devastating for many farmers having to plant so late. Let’s just hope for the best that their growing season does well even with the late plantings. (Fingers Crossed!)

Fall tea cup with fall leaves inside of the tea

Fall is a season I think about ALL year long! It is my absolute favorite! Carving pumpkins, apple cider, and of course Halloween!

Tree Fruits and Canning Time

If you have apple trees, you probably have a bunch of baby apples already growing! I know we do.

Our apple and pear trees are FULL of tiny little fruits.

Canning is going to be a MUST with all the trees we have on our new property, but it is very exciting just at the thought of it all!

When homesteading, canning is probably a HUGE aspect of your routine when gardening or harvesting fruits from trees each year.

Having your canning supplies ready before hand is always helpful.

You are able to save so much of your harvest that you wouldn’t be able to eat before it went bad. Plus it’s something you can enjoy throughout the winter.

And did I mention canning saves money?

Storing and saving the vegetables and fruits you grew yourself will end up much cheaper than buying the store canned versions. I mean who doesn’t love saving money.

Living off the grid, if that’s what you’re doing, you most likely live off of the foods you canned during harvest season in the winter months.

Want to learn all about canning? Or do you already know about canning but need a refresher? We have you covered in this fantastic, comprehensive article that’s ALL about canning.

Some may think it’s crazy to be thinking about fall already, but if you’re a farmer and you depend on certain vegetables for profit, or you just want those seasonal vegetables, June is the time to be thinking about your Mid Summer planting.

Ok, so we probably should start getting to that list now right? Right we’re almost there I promise!

Get Ready for Summer Planting

Wicker basket full of fresh vegetables

There are a few vegetables that can do well growing in cooler conditions.

First, Pick Your Summer Harvest to Make Room For Summer Planting

Late Summer harvest vegetables are usually things like:

  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Leeks
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers

Once these crops get to edible sizes go ahead and pick them so they are fresher.

Also, if you need to hurry and get your late summer garden seeds in, picking the vegetables already grown is a must.

These are NOT the types that you want to just get huge since it can make their taste diminish:

  • Tomatoes
  • Winter Squashes
  • Pumpkins
  • Melons

These crops will become ripe and ready for harvest at the end of the Summer.

When the old crops are removed you will want to prep your garden again for new plantings. It will make it easier to plant your seeds, and get rid of the rest of the plant that remains.

Hanging basket full of fall gourds

Fall Harvest Vegetables to Plant

The types of vegetables you can plant for the Fall harvest are:

  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Lettuce
  • Greens
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Beans

Luckily I should mention, the majority of this ENTIRE list can be canned and saved for the winter time.

Mid Summer is a great time to plant them since the soil is still warm enough for germination.

You can soak the seeds in water the night before planting to help speed up the germination process.

Of course all seeds can be pre started indoors so they have a much better chance of growing and being able to be harvested in time for the frost.

You can use things such as seed starters or even soil and Dixie cups.

Knowing the germination times of the seeds is VERY helpful, since you can start them well before it’s time to get them into the garden, once the Summer harvest is done.

Late Frost Areas – EXTRA vegetables to grow

If you are in an area that is lucky enough to not get a frost till late August or early September you can also start:

  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage

There are a couple different seasons for a few different vegetables such as the celery and cabbage.

The quickest growing Fall crops that deal well with the cool temperatures are:

  • Swiss Chard
  • Mustard Greens
  • Small Round Beets
  • Radishes and Winter Radishes
  • Bunching Onions
  • Leaf Beets
  • Spinach
  • Kale

If you are a person that is not planting acres worth of crops, or you use raised beds you can also get frost covers to help protect your vegetables in the event that they’re not ready to pick at the time the first frost hits.

Having different seasons to grow new vegetables is a wonderful thing.

For those that just LOVE to garden and grow fresh vegetables it’s great news.

It is also great news for the farmers or homesteaders that need to make money off of their crops, or can and store them for winter use.

Gardening is a wonderful thing and it is extremely healthy for you to garden.

You are able to grow your own food, store your own food, and control the entire process of it all.

No need to worry about food recalls since you have been able to control the entire process from start to finish!

Plus I mean we ALL know that fresh vegetables are very good for you too, so it’s a WIN WIN!

So there we go! A list of the vegetables you can prepare to get planted next month for your Fall harvest! Fantastic luck with your gardening season Happy Planters!!

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