Summer may seem like the ideal time for growing your vegetable garden, but autumn also brings wonderful rewards.

Many popular vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage can be grown in the fall garden. These cool season vegetables are hardy to light frost and prefer the coolers days of early fall as well as early spring. The flavor of some cool season vegetables such as kale improves when the plant is exposed to frost.

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The secret to having a great fall vegetable garden is getting the timing right. There are lots of sample fall planting calendars and guides out there for you to refer to when trying to come up with a plan for planting in your area. Here’s a guide for those planting in North Carolina created by the NC Cooperative Extension.

Take a look at the handy fall gardening chart below from The Old Farmer’s Almanac showing the last fall planting dates, based on the first expected frost dates. They also have a frost date calculator to help you estimate your last planting dates depending on where you live.

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Will you be planting a fall garden this season? What are your favorite items to plant and how to you prepare your garden? Share your tips below.

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