Successful Garden Design for Fall Garden

Fall gardening can be tricky in Oklahoma. Plan a successful garden design for fall.

In Oklahoma, there is a very short window in the fall between the sweltering heat like the devil’s armpit, to too cold to grow stuff. After years of trying, I have learned very few things will grow in the garden in the fall from seed to production. What can you do to have a successful fall garden?

Successful Garden Design for Fall Garden

In Oklahoma, to have a successful fall garden, we need to start our seeds between July 15 and August 15 in order to have enough growth on them to produce before we get a freeze. It’s much less expensive to plant seeds and have your plants freeze than to purchase seedlings and have them freeze. Even if this is a failed experiment, it will not cost much. 

How to Plan a Successful Fall Garden

What can I grow in the Fall?

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, carrots, peas, radishes, brussel sprouts, beets, turnips, kale, greens, cilantro and spinach. Now is also a great time to plant some ornamentals to grow in the fall season. Check out the Extension website for a full list of Oklahoma planting times. 

Last year, my Little Sprouts and I had a pretty successful fall garden. We grew kale, brussel sprouts, and herbs all winter long. It was the only chemical free, fresh food available to us once the Farmer’s market closed in October, so we were very grateful for every bite of it!

Click here for tasks that need to be completed in fall. 

How to plan a successful fall garden


  1. Check out the list of choices for fall growing on the link above and decide how much room you have for each and what you’d like to be eating in fall.
  2. Gather up some clean containers to plant in. You can use old cottage cheese and sour cream containers or something store bought. The plants don’t care.
  3. Invest in some good organic seed starting mix in order to give your seedlings the best chance of survival. Disease and fungus that knock out all your seedlings can lurk in old and reused soil.
  4. Find a cool area where your flats of containers can be out of the direct sun and seeds will have cool enough temperatures to germinate. You may have to bring them indoors if your weather is too hot outside for them to sprout.
  5. Fill your containers with the mix and soak it down for a day or two. The mix is very dry. If you try to plant your seeds straight in it without soaking the mix first, you won’t be able to get enough moisture for germination.
  6. Plant your seeds according to packet instructions and water them well. Keep them very moist until germination and then make sure to keep a close eye on them until they get established. Brand new seedlings do not have established roots to find sources of moisture, they only have one tiny root and it needs to have access to water for them to succeed.
  7. Stay full of hope and enjoy the process.

kids planting fall seeds

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How to Plan a Successful Fall Gardengardening with kids, watering seeds

Fall planting guide

Now, I need to go order some more seed starting mix and get the kids together to plant a few more flats of yummy goodness for our successful fall garden!  

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How to Plan a Successful Fall Garden


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  1. Shelah says:

    Your garden looks lovely. We are waiting until next year to start ours again because we are having a drought. I have garden envy. 🙂

  2. Looks like a fun project to do with the kids and a great way to extend the summer growing season. I’m not sure it’s warm long enough here to do one of these, but I might have to look into it.

  3. I started some beans twice… The bunnies lee eating them. Do you have a natural suggestion to keep them away? I have tried chili powder and garlic powder….

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