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Extension Today: Fall Planting

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Harvest fresh lettuce, radishes, kale, or carrots when snow flurries are flying?
Sure  why not?!

As long as you choose hardy vegetable species, plant them when the soil temperature is appropriate, protect them from the elements while growing, and keep an eye on water and other conditions – you can grow some tasty vegies to put on your table even in the middle of winter! Tim McDermott, OSU Extension educator, talks proper planning for fall planting, as well as tips to extend your vegetable growing season through the winter.

We have several free fact sheets available on Ohioline to learn more about making your winter garden harvest the envy of your neighborhood!

Learn more about why vegetables are so important to your diet, which ones are in what sub-groups of vegetables, and how to get more vegies on your table any time of year with this fact sheet about Putting MyPlate on Your Table: Vegetables.

We can't list all of them here, but there are numerous other sources available online for planting a fall garden and late-season vegetable crops – so get searching!

And don't forget about trees, shrubs, and fall flowers – there's so much you can do! Learn more about What to plant in the Fall Season.

Tim McDermott, OSU Extension educator based in Franklin County, has recently shared some valuable advice about growing fall and winter vegetable crops. Check out some of the latest info he has shared online at

Other OSU Extension experts have published a variety of helpful advice columns over time, including this overview about planting a fall vegetable garden.

And this summary about planning for your fall garden harvest.

The Buckeye Environmental Horticulture Team provides education and resources to support the home yard and gardening public, as well as green industry professionals. Team members are local Extension educators who offer public programs (virtual and in-person) about a variety of gardening topics, help diagnose plant problems and offer solutions, support local Master Gardener Volunteers and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, and partner with other horticulture professionals and associations.

Ask a question of our Master Gardener Volunteers – a group of Ohio gardening enthusiasts who are extensively trained in horticulture, then volunteer their time to answer your yard and garden questions online, as well as help with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office.