Seeds for Fall Planting Season

It is a great time to stock up on seeds for the fall planting season – it is never too early to start thinking about spring. Many seeds enjoy the cold spell to nestle in the ground for winter and get a head start next spring.

For fall planting in Atlantic Canada, you want to wait until after a killing frost, meaning nothing is left growing from the summer season. If you plant your seeds too early, they may sprout. You want your seeds to hibernate for the winter and emerge in spring. If a fall seedling does sprout, mulch over them to prevent them from freezing.

To plant your seeds:
1. Prepare the bed as you normally would any time of the year
2. Clear all debris and add a layer of organic compost
3. Follow the seed packet for light and soil requirements

Seeds to Plant in the Fall:
This list covers both annuals and perennials to plant in the fall. These seeds require cold stratification to bloom the following spring, or they don’t mind the cold.

  • Bells of Ireland Moluccella laevis
  • Cornflower Centaurea cyanus
  • Blanket Flower Gaillardia
  • Poppy Papaveraceae
  • Coneflower Echinacea
  • Columbine Aquilegea
  • Sweet Peas Lathyrus odoratus
  • False Queen Anne’s Lace Ammi majus
  • Foxglove Digitalis
  • Sea Holly Eryngium
  • Tickseed Coreopsis tinctoria
  • Snapdragon Antirrhinum
  • Hollyhock Alcea
  • Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia
  • Forget-Me-Not Myosotis
  • Penstemon Penestemon
  • Sweet William Dianthus
  • Ashy Sunflower Helianthus mollis
  • Pansy Viola
  • Love-In-A-Mist Nigella damascene
  • Delphinium
  • Basket of Gold Alyssum Aurinia saxatilis
  • Chinese Forget-Me-Not Cynoglossum amabile
  • Common Woolly Sunflower Eriophyllum lanatum
  • Lunaria Lunaria annua
  • Biglead Lupin Lupinus polyphyllus
  • Veronica Veronica spicata
  • Purple Chinese Houses Collinsia heterophylla
  • Globe Gilia Gilia capitata
  • Baby’s Breath Gypsophila elegans
  • Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila menziesii

Vegetables to Plant in the Fall:
Here is a list of some vegetables you can plant in the fall and enjoy next spring and summer!

  • Onion, garlic, and shallots:
    • These are best planted in the fall due to their long growing season. They need a cold period to grow well and are best planted early to mid-fall.
  • Turnips, carrots, radishes, and beets
    • These root vegetables don’t mind the cold, you may even see minimal growth. You will most likely notice a sweeter taste when planted in the fall.
  • Lettuce and leafy greens
    • You can have fresh greens year-round by using a cold frame or mini-greenhouse outside throughout the winter.

Here is a complete list of when to plant vegetables in Atlantic Canada!
New Brunswick: 2023 Planting Calendar: When to Start Vegetable Seeds | The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Nova Scotia: 2023 Planting Calendar: When to Start Vegetable Seeds | The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Prince Edward Island: 2023 Planting Calendar: When to Start Vegetable Seeds | The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Visit us today at any one of our 13 Feeds’n Needs locations. Stock up on your seeds before they’re gone! Now is the perfect time to plant for next year’s harvest. Happy planting!

Source: Seeds to Plant in the Fall for Next Season’s Blooms – Garden Therapy

Susan Wells

Store Manager, Bridgewater NS