The Best Plants for a Fall Garden

Written by Amir Tajer


Posted on September 04 2020

With summer winding down, it's the perfect time to start harvesting plants for the fall.

This list covers the top five plants that you should consider growing, this fall season.

These plants are perfect for a beginner gardener, requiring minimal skills.

1. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are inherently the perfect fall plant! In warmer climates, brussels sprouts can start growing in the fall and survive through the winter to be ready in the spring.

The brussels sprout is a vigorous plant, so it can survive a little bit of frost in the winter. In fact, the flavor is improved during the frosty weather months.

Start by planting the seeds indoors. After 4 to 6 weeks, you can transplant the brussels sprouts outside when the weather cools. You will need a bit of space as this plant tends to grow large.

Additionally, brussels sprouts require a special kind of soil health to thrive. Consider adding amended nitrogen nutrients to the soil, such as Alfalfa Meal, Feather Meal, or fish emulsion.

You should water your brussel sprouts once a week (sometimes more). Make sure to give them one inch of water allowing the soil to become evenly moist.

If your brussels sprouts start to yellow, water them more frequently.

2. Radishes

Radishes are a great fall plant for the beginner gardener thanks to their quick turnaround time. From seed to harvest, radishes only take approximately four weeks.

If your first batch doesn't work out, you can learn what went wrong and try again!

Ideally, grow your radishes between August through October. You should see the seeds sprout just five to seven days after planting them.

The best soil temperature for radishes is between 18-24°C (65-75°F).

Radishes require rich soil health, which you can achieve by using composted manure or organic fertilizer. Unlike other vegetables, radishes don't need a deep soak.

Instead, give them a constant supply of water throughout the growing season with several shallow waterings per week.

You can harvest the radishes once they are about the size of a marble.

3. Pansy

If you want to add bright, beautiful colors to your urban garden, consider planting pansies. This flower grows exceptionally well in the fall and provides lovely colors as the seasons change.

Additionally, if you plant pansies in the fall, they'll often come back to bloom again in the spring.

Pansies can be a bit tricky to grow from seeds, so for the beginner gardener, it's recommended to buy established plants from a local store.

If you want to attempt growing from seeds, plants the pansy seeds indoors at the end of summer for a fall and winter flowering.

After seeing some growth, you can move them outdoors.

This flower grows best in soil temperatures between 45°F and 65°F (7°C and 18°C). Pansies can handle a light frost in the winter months.

However, if you are experiencing regular below freezing temperatures, hold off transferring the pansies from indoor to outdoor until the weather gets slightly better.

One of the most common reasons pansies fail is because they're not being watered enough. If your pansies look like they're dying, try to increase your watering schedule.

Remove any faded or dead flowers to encourage the plant to produce more blooms and prolong the blooming season.

4. Chrysanthemum

This gorgeous flower comes in shades of peach, white, orange, yellow, and red. It's the perfect addition of fall colors to your urban garden.

Chrysanthemum, sometimes called mums, can thrive in the fall season but are likely to die during the winter months.

Chrysanthemums can survive in most types of soil but grow especially well in well-draining soil with consistent moisture.

If you want to know if you have good soil health for chrysanthemums, take a clump of the dirt in your hands and break it apart.

The soil shouldn't clump or fall apart quickly; it should simply crumble.

Try to plant your chrysanthemums in an area that gets plenty of sunlight. Chrysanthemums need approximately six hours of sunlight per day to grow well.

It's also best to water the flowers in the early morning with six to eight inches, applying the water directly to the base.

You can stop watering in the winter months when the ground is frozen.

5. Pomegranates

Pomegranates are the perfect fruit to grow for the beginner gardener as it doesn't require too much work. The pomegranate grows on a tree and can thrive in the fall when grown outdoors.

Plant your pomegranate tree in an area with plenty of direct sunlight. Additionally, make sure the tree has at least 20 feet of diameter space to grow into unless you plan to do plenty of pruning.

Pomegranate trees grow well in many soil types, but the ideal soil type is loamy soil with plenty of drainage.

This tree is low-maintenance and doesn't require too much watering. In fact, an overabundance of water can actually cause the fruit to crack.

The tree will need plenty of water when it's first planted and in the first growing season. After this, when the tree roots are established, you can drastically reduce the time spent watering.

You can irrigate your tree one to two times during the dry season. Ideally, provide your tree with 50-60 inches of water at each watering.

Don't Forget to Fertilize!

For healthy Fall plants, remember to feed them and your soil with one of our eco-friendly or water soluble fertilizers. You can shop some below or browse our other collections by heading over to our home page. 


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