Photos from the Fall Vegetable Garden

October 19, 2011

The mild temps continue here in Central PA with yesterday’s high reaching into the 70’s. These are great times to enjoy a fall vegetable garden and to complete those final fall clean-up tasks before colder weather arrives.

My garlic, shallots, and potato onions are all in the ground, the last seeds have been planted, and the cold frames and low tunnels are in place and ready to grow. Not much left to do in the garden besides harvest the crops as they mature, and to enjoy the scenery.

Enjoying the Fall Garden as the Growing Season Lingers

Fall Vegetable Garden

There are carrots, beets, parsnips, gobo, and other root crops biding their time underground but there is no rush to harvest these just yet. The broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts are still maturing and will hopefully have enough growing season left to yield a decent harvest.

Those hardy greens like kale, collards, and mustard are growing well in spite of the more than usual amount of slug damage that’s been inflicted on the plants. This year I’ve been mixing assorted greens and herbs together before dehydrating them and then crushing into flakes to store them for use during the winter months.

The garden has yet to be visited by the first frost so there are tender herbs like basil and flowers such as nasturtiums that I continue to collect and preserve while I still can. Even the honeybees in the backyard apiary are busy with a fall flow as they pack in additional pollen and nectar to last them until the early spring blossoms appear.

Here’s What is Still Growing in the Fall Vegetable Garden

Take a look at the photos below to see what’s growing here during late October in the fall vegetable garden. Hopefully there are more seventy-degree days ahead before winter, but I’m not counting on it and will be grateful for every warm moment that’s left to enjoy!

Red Leaf Lettuce

Brussels Sprout Plant

Brussels Sprout Plant



Tuscan Kale

Tuscan Kale




Turmeric and Ginger

Mexican Sage

Mexican Sage

Golden Beet

Golden Beet

Garden Tunnel

Low Garden Tunnel

Mesclun Mix

Spicy Mesclun Mix

That’s just a sampling of the fall vegetable gardening photographs from my garden. I’ll have a fall album with more pictures posted up on the Veggie Gardening Tips Facebook page later this week. If you still haven’t tried your hand at a fall garden I hope that you will because for me it is the most enjoyable time to garden!

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  • chris

    that “low garden tunnel” is cool. can you tell more about it? thanks!

  • Kenny Point

    Hi Chris, the tunnel is very simple and easy to construct. I use pvc tubing to form the hoops by placing them over 12 inch pieces or rebar that is sunk into the ground. Then use row cover material or fabric to cover the hoops and anchor it to the ground with landscape fabric staples or just weight it down with whatever is handy. You can also use greenhouse film to cover the hoops for additional protection. For a sturdier frame I bend metal conduit to form the hoops. You can also use an inner tunnel with fabric and an outer tunnel of landscape film with air space between the two. I have a low tunnel video that I will post to Youtube soon.

  • Awesome garden! This is my first year gardening and I only hope my garden will be as good as yours eventually. I live in a subdivsion so I am going to use more raised gardens but have big plans next year.


  • I am also new to gardening and love to read other people’s opinions and views. I live in an urban area as well, apartment actually, and have to make do with a very small area. I am learning from my mistakes and hope next year to be a way better crop. I had to learn how to pollinate my own plants because bees just weren’t doing it for me. I would love to grow potatoes and garlic and can’t wait to try it next year. I recenty started my herb garden and they are about a month old, will they be to young to harvest the leaves before the first frost?

  • Barbee

    Paradise! That’s what Eden must have looked like. Simply amazing.

    Anyway-just a quick note to thank you for your excellent tips and hints on growing sweet potatoes. Just this week I pulled my sweets out of the garage (after curing for 4 weeks) and roasted a couple. Simply: Wow.

    That is one of only two crops that did well for me this year here in Texas (with the drought and all-the other being cantalope) and boy-oh-boy am I glad I grew these babies! Thanks to you-tremendous success.

  • It is amazing, tunnel green house looks like really helpful as the vegetable are growing so well in it. Maybe I should have a try on my garden.

  • This garden rocks! And I especially love the Mexican Sage picture, this one is as beautiful as a painting!

  • bijin05

    Hello, can you provide more detail on your gobo planting such as your method and pictures showing the progress? I would love to learn how to grow this since my husband uses this plant all the time. Thank you,

  • Kenny Point

    Sure can Bijin, here’s a link to a previous article that I wrote with more info on growing gobo in the home garden.

  • I had to learn how to pollinate my own plants because bees just weren’t doing it for me. I would love to grow potatoes and garlic and can’t wait to try it next year.

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