Crops for Fall and Winter Harvest

15204329229_aeddf72004_kWe’ve got our 2 fall and winter harvest beds planted now. I’m trying out new hoops using EMT metal pipe and Tufflite plastic to compliment the normal Agribon-19 that I use. With a warmer-than-normal October-December expected, there’s reason to hope we’ll have harvest through the whole of that period. After some research, here are crops recommended by Johnny Seeds that we’re trying out.


  • Tyee Spinach
  • Red Kitten Spinach
  • Winter Density Lettuce
  • Rouge D’ Hiver Lettuce
  • Ruby Sky Lettuce
  • Red Sails Lettuce
  • Skyphos Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Bright Lights Swiss Chard
  • + Winterbor Kale
  • + Toscano Kale
  • + Red Russian Kale
  • + Vit Corn Mache

Root Crops

  • Red Meat Radish
  • Easter Egg Radish
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • D’ Avignon Radish
  • + Scarlet Queen Turnip
  • + Hakurei Turnip
  • + Purple Top White Globe Turnip
  • + Napoli Carrot
  • Winner Kohlrabi
  • Javelin Parsnip
  • Guardsman Bunching Onion
  • Red Ace Beet
  • Bull’s Blood Beet
  • + King Richard Leek


  • Oregon Giant Snow Pea
  • – Calipso Cilantro
  • – Giant of Italy Parsley
  • + Nautic Brussels Sprouts
  • + Happy Rich Chinese Broccoli

+ Hardy varieties can withstand temperatures as low as 20°F before being killed.

– Some herbs will remain usable with cover into the winter

Semi-hardy plants (others on the list) can survive repeated light frosts without cover.

Nothing grows with <10 hours light – mid-November to mid-January – even under cover


About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.
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