172-Tips for Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Fall-Encore Presentation

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Of all the gardening seasons, the fall growing season is my favorite. Arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, lettuce and more — there are so many cool-season vegetables that you can grow in fall and enjoy on your dinner plate. The trick is to know your first frost date and work backward from there to pick the right time to start growing cool-season vegetables either indoors or direct-sown from seed, or transplanted.

As fall quickly approaches, I wanted to share with you again my tips for fall gardening success and the best vegetables for cool-season growing. I hope you enjoy this timely encore presentation. For the full show notes with details on my top crops for fall gardening, be sure to refer to the original post from episode 122.


Joe Lamp'l in his fall garden

Fall is my favorite season for gardening. There are so many cool-season vegetables that you can grow and enjoy in fall. All 16 of my raised beds are fully utilized for cool-season crops, starting around September 1st in my Atlanta, GA zone 7b garden,


To help you have seed starting success in your fall garden, I also want to share with you the soil temperature range for optimal germination for common vegetable seeds. Click to download this free Online Gardening Academy Seed Temperature Chart, and read all about the importance of soil temperature on the joegardener blog.

When seed-starting, irrigating your growing medium and seedlings adequately but gently can be a challenge. Over on Instagram, I recently shared a short video demonstrating my favorite method for micro-irrigating unsprouted seeds. You can find me there @joegardener.


Cool-season vegetable seedlings for fall gardening

Fall provides an opportunity to start many cool-season vegetables from seed. Yet it’s important to know the optimal soil temperature to successfully germinate these crops, especially if direct sowing outdoors.


If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, you can do that now by clicking the Play button on the green bar above. For a comprehensive recap of the episode, check out the show notes from the original broadcast.

What is your favorite fall crop to grow? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Links & Resources

Episode 022: The Year-round Vegetable Gardener with Niki Jabbour

Episode 045: Succession Planting: Practical Tips For Growing More Food

Episode 048: The Simple Science Behind Great Gardening, with Lee Reich

Episode 106: Livestock Panels: Top 10 Uses in the Garden for This Versatile Material

Episode 110: Why Mulch Matters in Every Garden: What You Need to Know

Episode 122: Fall Vegetable Garden Success: Best Plants and Tips for Cool-Season Growing

joegardener Blog: The Numbers on Fertilizer Labels, What They Mean

joegardener Blog: The Best Soil Temperature for Seed Germination

joegardener Blog: What to Grow in a Fall Vegetable Garden

joegardenerTV YouTube: Easy Edibles for Every Fall Vegetable Garden

joegardenerTV YouTube: How to Amend Raised Bed Garden Soil for Continued Health

joegardenerTV YouTube: Starting Beet Seeds in Containers for Better Results

joegardener IGTV: How to Micro-Irrigate Your Seeds for Better Germination Success

joegardener Online Gardening Academy: Three popular courses on gardening fundamentals; managing pests, diseases & weeds; and seed starting!

joegardener Online Gardening Academy Seed Temperature Chart

joegardener Online Gardening Academy Essential Gardening Fundamentals: The basics on healthy soil, planting, watering techniques, composting, raised bed and other gardening methods, fertilizer, the many benefits of mulch, and more.

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About Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l is the creator and “joe” behind joe gardener®. His lifetime passion and devotion to all things horticulture has led him to a long-time career as one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in organic gardening and sustainability. That is most evident in his role as host and creator of Emmy Award-winning Growing a Greener World®, a national green-living lifestyle series on PBS currently broadcasting in its tenth season. When he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or digging something up, or spending time with his family on their organic farm just north of Atlanta, GA.

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