Regional Favorites for Fall Crops
What's growing in your neck of the woods? Do you notice any similarity as you peek at your neighbors' gardens? If you want to plant local favorites for fall crops, here are the 3 top veggies per region, based on our customer data, with links to project articles with planting instructions.
Lettuce and carrots are hardy plants that enjoy some cool weather, so it makes sense that they thrive in the Midwest and Northeast. In fact, cold weather improves carrots' sweetness, so you can leave some in the ground until the first heavy frost. Other cool-season edibles include onions, kale, and cauliflower.
Vegetables that love hot sun have more of a challenge in the Northwest. But, by switching to hardier crops, gardeners can garden year-round. Potatoes fit right into the climate. Lettuce stays happy out of the heat, and Swiss chard can stand light frost and low temperatures that last a long time. It's a great choice for cool-season gardening. Other popular edibles include onions and garlic.
Summers range from hot and humid to scorching and dry, but the winters here are usually mild. For warm weather, the tomato comes out as the top veggie, while potatoes and carrots work better in cooler weather. Other popular plants include sweet pepper, squash, and cucumber.
With hot summers and usually mild winters, this is another land of the 12-month garden. Tomatoes and peppers love the sun, as do pole beans. Lettuce, Swiss chard, and garlic are also popular, especially in the cooler months.