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10 vegetables you can plant now

Through the Garden Gate: Plant a second crop of your favorite vegetables for fall harvest.

Fran O'Leary, Wisconsin Agriculturist Senior Editor

July 19, 2023

3 Min Read
Lettuce growing in a pot
LONGER GROWING SEASON: Many vegetables, like lettuce, can be planted in July or August for a fall harvest in September or October.FRAN O’LEARY

Maybe you have already harvested your radishes, lettuce and peas, but you want more. Or you realize you should have planted a second row of green beans in your garden because you never have enough. If you are longing for more of your favorite vegetables, you are in luck. Now is a great time to plant a second crop of several vegetables, which will be ready to harvest in September and October.

Hopefully you bought some extra seeds at a garden center in the spring. But if you didn’t, you can visit Jung Seed online at jungseed.com or at one of its stores in Wisconsin located in Randolph, Sun Prairie and Stevens Point to purchase the seeds you want to plant now.

Fall garden harvest

While it is too late to plant vegetables like tomatoes, melons and pumpkins, you can plant these 10 vegetables through mid-August and harvest this fall:

1. Lettuce. I like to sow lettuce seed in large flowerpots on my deck (see photo). I usually grow a pot of Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, and two weeks later, I sow a packet of mixed lettuce varieties in a second pot. That way I can harvest from one pot one week and switch to the second pot the next week.

2. Carrots. Carrots planted in the vegetable garden in August are often some of the sweetest, especially if they mature in the cooler days of fall. It is important to thin a row of carrots to one carrot every inch or two after the carrot tops are a couple of inches high. Otherwise, you will end up with carrots that are crooked and small.

3. Beets. Beets can be planted through early August for harvest in October. Similar to carrots, make sure you thin beets to one beet per 2 inches when beet tops are 2 inches tall so your beets can grow large.

4. Peas. There are two main types of peas — snap peas and snow peas. Depending on the variety you select, pea plants can grow 2 feet tall. They need to be supported with some type of fence. I like to use chicken wire. I plant a row of peas on each side of the fence. I plant each row about 2 inches away from the fence.

5. Spinach. Spinach can also be planted in August for a second crop in fall. This vegatable grows best in cool temperatures.

6. Radishes. Radishes are often the quickest vegetable seed to go from planting to harvest in the garden. Radish seeds usually germinate in less than a week, and some varieties are ready for harvest in a month.

7. Green beans. You can plant green beans from now through mid-August to harvest a second crop this fall.

8. Broccoli. Broccoli prefers cool temperatures. You can start broccoli seed on your deck or patio and transplant seedlings into your garden in mid-August. Broccoli can handle a little frost. You can harvest broccoli through the end of October.

9. Cauliflower. Like broccoli, now is a good time to seed cauliflower in containers outside and transplant seedlings into your garden in mid-August to harvest in October.

10. Cabbage. Similar to broccoli and cauliflower, you can seed cabbage in containers outside and transplant into your garden in mid-August. Cabbage prefers cool weather and will be ready to harvest by the end of October.

About the Author(s)

Fran O'Leary

Wisconsin Agriculturist Senior Editor, Farm Progress

Fran O’Leary lives in Brandon, Wis., and has been editor of Wisconsin Agriculturist since 2003. Even though O’Leary was born and raised on a farm in Illinois, she has spent most of her life in Wisconsin. She moved to the state when she was 18 years old and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Before becoming editor of Wisconsin Agriculturist, O’Leary worked at Johnson Hill Press in Fort Atkinson as a writer and editor of farm business publications and at the Janesville Gazette in Janesville as farm editor and a feature writer. Later, she signed on as a public relations associate at Bader Rutter in Brookfield, and served as managing editor and farm editor at The Reporter, a daily newspaper in Fond du Lac.

She has been a member of American Agricultural Editors’ Association (now Agricultural Communicators Network) since 2003.

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