Short-Season Crops

Depending on your gardening zone, the summer harvest may have seen the last of its days for this year, But don't remove your gardening gloves quite yet. Short-season fall and winter crops are the perfect transition from summer to fall, and help extend the gardening season well beyond August.

Whether you have plans for a large or small autumn garden, try growing some of these nutritious seasonal vegetables that are perfect for fall planting:

Bok Choy

Bok choy is an excellent short-season crop. Some baby bok choy varieties (Toy Choy, Green Baby, Golden Yellow and Tokyo Bekana) are ready to harvest in only 30 days. Plant seeds about 1-inch-deep and 10 inches apart.


Radishes are one of the fastest-growing root vegetables, as they can be planted from seed and enjoyed within one month. Plant a few radishes about a ½-inch deep, and the rest about 1 to 1 ½ inches deep. The radishes closest to the surface will germinate more quickly, extending your harvest by a few days, while also providing you a variety of sizes.


Beets are partial to cool weather, making them a perfect fall or winter crop. They can even survive frost to almost freezing temperatures. Beets should be planted ½-inch deep and 1-2 inches apart. They take between 50-70 days to harvest, and should be picked when their root tops or 'shoulders' start to sprout from the soil. And like many other root vegetables, but greens also make for a tasty harvest.


Broccoli can germinate in soil temperatures as low as 40 degrees. It's best to plant seeds ½-inch deep and 1- to 2-feet apart. When harvesting broccoli, try to make a quick cut on the stalk about 5 inches below the head to encourage future growth. Once the main head has been harvested, broccoli will still produce smaller heads from side shoots.

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®
September 2016