It might come as a surprise, but November is actually a great time to plant a fall vegetable garden. Late autumn’s cooler temperatures tend to be easier on both certain plants and on gardeners. Read on for a list of vegetables you can plant in November as well as for effective gardening strategies!
Gardening in Colder Climates
In colder areas like ours, starting seeds indoors and then planting them outside is the most effective strategy for successful growth during the colder months. In our official USDA Zone, which is based on our area’s average temperatures, the following veggies are recommended for November planting:
- Garlic – plant garlic cloves in November for next summer’s harvest!
- Onions & Shallots
- Turnips & Radishes
- Fava & Broad Beans
- Collard Greens
- Spinach, Kale, Chard & Lettuce – you can find cool-season lettuce, which will do much better in our cold temps!
- Brussel Sprouts
- Collard Greens
Raised-bed Gardens & Cold Frames
Raised-bed gardening is another great strategy for gardening in colder temps. The soil in raised bed gardens is warmer than in the ground itself, which allows your veggies to survive longer into the winter. Many gardening websites suggest using tires to build your raised bed garden, as the black rubber absorbs the sun’s heat and insulates your garden more effectively. There are a number of other ways you can DIY your raised bed garden over a weekend. Check out this guide from HGTV for ideas!
Raised beds allow you to attach what is called a “cold frame” to your garden. Cold frames are essentially miniature greenhouses and can protect your cold-crop veggies from harsh weather and frost; making growing much easier. Learn to DIY your own cold frame using this guide from Better Homes & Gardens.