If you’ve been thinking about starting an organic vegetable garden, choosing your plants initially may seem overwhelming. 

The experts at Bonnie Plants, a green-gardening plant wholesaler in Union Springs, AL, recommend these six fast-growing, cold-hardy crops for fall gardeners: 

Winterbor Kale

  • A nutritious leafy green
  • A vigorous producer that endures winter easily, even in very cold climates
  • Cut the outer leaves so the center can continue growing; space transplants about 12 inches apart 

Georgia Collards

  • Similar to kale, with a stronger, sweet-cabbage flavor
  • Leaves taste best when young
  • Space transplants 36 inches apart  

Romaine Lettuce

  • Richer in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients than other popular lettuces
  • Heart-healthy
  • Space transplants 18 inches apart 

Early Dividend Broccoli

  • Popular, productive and easy to grow
  • High in fiber and calcium
  • Set transplants 18 inches apart 

Mustard Greens

  • Nutritious, with spicy leaves that taste sweeter when nipped by frost
  • Fast-growing
  • Space plants 12 inches apart 

Arugula

  • Fast-growing, peppery-tasting leafy green that’s great in salads
  • Promotes bone health
  • Especially high in vitamins A, C and K

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