Fall Gardening

Take advantage of the cooler weather to grow a fall garden. In warmer parts of the country, broccoli, kale, collards, spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, and a number of wonderful herbs (like rosemary and cilantro) grow just as well in fall as they do in spring. Besides keeping fresh produce on the table beyond the summer months, there are other benefits to gardening in the fall: fewer insects and diseases to battle, less watering to be done, and less sweat to contend with. Find out how to make your fall garden a success.

Harvest basket with fall produce.

These Vegetables Take a Chill

Some vegetables prefer a little nip in the air, and even taste better after a frost. Find out which ones.

Woman harvesting Cilantro.

Plant These Herbs in Fall

Set out an assortment of cool weather-loving herbs and you’ll be rewarded with fresh flavors for your fall meals.

Metal bowl of fall greens

Harvest Guide for Cool Weather Veggies

Use these guidelines to help you pick your fall vegetables at the peak of perfection.

First and last frost dates map

Find Your Frost Date

Get help estimating the date of the first fall frost in your area.

Collards with frost on the leaves

So What Happens During a Freeze?

Discover what happens to your fall veggies when the temperature falls below freezing.

Row Covers for fall growing

All About Row Covers

A row cover is like a coat for your plants. Find out how it works and why you might want one for your fall garden.

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DIY Projects

Mustard Greens in a Hoop House

Make a Row-Cover Hoop House

Give your plants a little extra warmth when temperatures fall by building this simple row cover.

Vertical Herb Planter

How to Build a Vertical Herb Planter

This easy-to-build standing planter lets you grow fresh herbs or lettuces right outside your door.

Conditioning a hay bale

How to Condition and Plant a Bale of Straw for Gardening

When it comes to thrifty, versatile ways to garden, it’s hard to beat a bale of straw. Here’s how to start your own.

Straw Bale Base

How to Build a Bale Frame

Add a touch of elegance to bales of straw used for gardening with this simple, handsome wooden base you can build yourself.

Tasty Recipes

Collards with Ham and Cornmeal Dumplings

Collards with Ham and Cornmeal Dumplings

Comfort food doesn’t get much better than this warm, hearty combination of ham, cornbread, and fresh collards.

Autumn Salad

Autumn Salad

Fresh and crisp, this salad has a touch of tang thanks to slices of Granny Smith and a dash of red wine vinegar.

Cabbage & Apples

Cabbage & Apples

This crunchy mix of tart and sweet makes a tasty, surprising side dish.

Braised Brussels Sprouts

Braised Brussels Sprouts

Don’t like Brussels sprouts? This citrusy, savory recipe may change your mind.

Red Lentil and Collards Soups

Red Lentil and Collards Soups

Serve this hearty, succulent soup on a chilly evening and you’ll soon be feeling warm and satisfied.

Arugula and Chicken Salad Roll-Ups

Arugula and Chicken Salad Roll-Ups

These light, tasty roll-ups feature fresh parsley and chives—just the thing for a healthy lunch.

Sautéed Broccoli

Sautéed Broccoli

Try this recipe for crispy, zesty broccoli both adults and kids will love.

Braised Collards

Braised Collards

Tender and juicy, these flavorful greens are a delicious, vegetarian twist on cooked collards.

Rosemary Cookies

Rosemary Cookies

A touch of this fragrant herb takes the cookie to a whole new level—think sugar cookies for grown-ups.