Although here in Southern California there aren’t many place where we get frost some places away from the beach will get a light frost and towards the mountains an early frost and snow. But our last frost date near the coastline is anywhere from early Nov to early Dec. and our first frost date is somewhere around Feb. It’s good to know this information so you can plan on what and when to plant.
As the ground gets cold seeds will have a hard time sprouting or will not sprout at all. Planting a fall garden with vegetables that can ‘over-winter’ will see you through the cool, rainy (hoping) months. Heartier vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts actually get a little sweeter with a touch of frost.
If you get tomatoes, beans and cucumbers in the ground now (Aug-Sept) make sure you plant early verities that have time to fruit before the ground begins to cool. Most nurseries will still be carrying good supplies of summer vegetables for the next month.
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale & Brussels Sprouts
Parsley & Cilantro (but if we get a hot spell between Sept & Oct they may bolt)
Beets, Carrots, Turnips (try the little white turnip, sweet tasting even raw)
Leeks, Scallions, Onions, Shallots
Peas & Potatoes
Lettuce (provide a little shade until Nov), Spinach & Mustard
Here are two nurseries in our area that I love for great vegetable plants
H & H, Lakewood Blvd, Lakewood
Rogers Gardens, Newport Beach
Almost all the seed catalogs have great sale prices too, a good time to pick up some fall and spring seeds.
Grow Organic/Peaceful Valley Farms
Baker Creek Seeds
High Mowing Seeds
Seeds From Italy