Plant These Vegetables for Your Fall Garden in the Hudson Valley

Summer may be nearly over, but there’s still time to plant more veggies in your garden before the first Hudson Valley frost hits.

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer and the bountiful harvest that comes with the season, but that doesn’t mean your Hudson Valley vegetable garden has to stop growing.

The average first frost date for fall in our area is October 14 (give or take), so that means there’s still plenty of time to plant certain vegetables and garner a harvest in the Hudson Valley.

Fast-maturing vegetables include beets, bush beans, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, and zucchini. If for some reason these do not mature fast enough before the first frost, you can use row cover or garden fabric to keep them safe from the colder weather.

 

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If you’re looking to plant vegetables that are frost-tolerant, try broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, and turnips. Not only are these vegetables on the hardier side, but they’re also ideal for autumnal cooking.

As soon as your lettuce starts to show signs of age, you can pull it up and plant new varieties in its space. Lettuce can produce well into the fall months, making it a valuable garden addition.

Some herbs are also hardier and will last into the fall months if left outdoors, including thyme and rosemary. Of course, you can also pull herb planters indoors to keep them going all year round. Just make sure you have a sunny spot to place them in your house.

No matter what, before you plant anything, be sure to read the labels and check that the plant’s instructions match our plant hardiness zone. To ensure that the soil in your yard is ready come fall, make sure it is moist and shaded. You can even use mulch to prevent it from drying out during the hot summer months.

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