Spring isn’t the only time to plant vegetables. In Georgia’s warmer climate, you can grow a variety of delicious vegetables in the fall. These fall annuals also make colorful additions to your garden.
Here are a few of the best fall vegetables to grow in Georgia. And just in case all these veggies make you hungry, we’ve included perfect recipes to try with each plant and serve your family and friends.
A cool-season annual, Green Magic Broccoli (Brassica oleracea italica) has long blue-green basal foliage that’s grown for its large, edible flower head. The flower head grows on a thick stem.
The best time to harvest is when the flower head is firm (before any flowers bloom). Cut the stem about 5-6" below the base of the head to allow regrowth and production of side shoots. It’s ready to harvest in as little as 60-days!
RECIPE: CARAMELIZED BROCCOLI WITH GARLIC
Yield: 4 servings
Time to Prepare: 35 minutes
Crane Red Ornamental Kale (Brassica oleracea) is as edible as it is ornamental! Its foliage is crisp and very tender with mild nutty flavor, and slightly sweet and earthy undertone.
The leaves have the best flavor after the first frost. Developing bright pink centers, this plant is best grown in rick, moist loamy soil. It grows two to three feet in height.
Yield: 2 servings
Time to Prepare: 30 minutes
Bright Lights Swiss Chard (Beta Vulgaris) is a colorful culinary annual that’s both edible and ornamental. With brightly colored stalks that come in yellow, orange, purple, red, and white, this plant also has good flavor.
It grows best in cool weather with full sun and rich light soils with good drainage. Harvest times usually last from late spring to winter.
RECIPE: GARLICKY SWISS CHARD
Yield: 4 servings
Time to Prepare: 15 minutes
Another cool season annual, Super Red 80 Cabbage (Cabbage) has deeply-lobed, edible basal foliage with a peppery flavor. Its purple stems and velvety grey-green foliage turn rich purple after frost.
Grow in rich, consistently moist well-drained loamy soils. This cabbage matures in 80 days, and the leaves have the best flavor after the first frost.
RECIPE: EVERYDAY CABBAGE SALAD
Yield: 4 servings
Time to Prepare: 10 minutes
Miz America Mustard (Brassica juncea) is a fast-growing annual with edible, frilly purple-red foliage that matures in 30-40 days. An excellent addition to salads, the crunchy foliage has a mild peppery taste.
This low-maintenance plant is best grown in full sun and rich, moist, acidic well-drained soils. It has no serious pests or diseases (just watch for flea beetles).
RECIPE: SIMPLE SAUTEED MUSTARD GREENS
Yield: 6 servings
Time to Prepare: 25 minutes
Foliage doesn’t get much redder than Bull's Blood Beets (Beta Vulgaris). This plant is an heirloom culinary annual. It is primarily grown for its edible dark red foliage and sweet red roots.
Bull’s Blood Beets is a fast grower, reaching maturity within one to two months. It thrives in cool weather, full sun, and rich, light soils with good drainage. You can harvest your beets in late summer to mid-fall.
RECIPE: BEET HUMMUS
Yield: 1 serving
Time to Prepare: 50 minutes
Plant these fall vegetables to grow in Georgia
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