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It’s not too late to plant a few pots! Late summer provides plenty of time to grow in containers, which are perfect for small gardens. Find out which vegetables are best for container gardening during the summer and fall!
There are all sorts of tasty produce many gardeners can still sow now—even this late in the season. Some vegetables are far more flavorful and successful in fall than in spring, such as spinach which loves cold weather.
You can’t go wrong with leafy salads which will grow into fall. They will be far less likely to bolt in the late summer and fall months. Also, you can plant beets and many roots now for a late fall and early winter harvest. With beets, the greens are very tasty, too, similar to spinach!
There are some vegetables with are cold-hardy and don’t mind frost, such as kale.
Best Vegetables for Container Gardening
Here is a full list of quick-growing vegetables. Just go to the garden store, look at some seed packets, and back out the number of weeks from your first fall frost date, plus a few weeks for harvesting! Many of these vegetables need 6 to 8 weeks before the first fall frost. Look for faster-producing varieties as well as dwarf varieties which are perfect for containers.
Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprise that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann