25 Veggies You Can Plant in November

Did you know there are all sorts  other vegetables that you can be planting right now?  While most people are putting away  their gardening tools, there really is no end to the gardening season especially in Southern California.  Not in sunny California?  Read this great article about gardening with cold frames.

  The weed garden (the sunshine makes it look pretty but it is just weeds)
The weed garden (the sunshine makes it look pretty but it is just weeds)

This spring, when most people are starting their gardens, we were so busy with lambing that we never did a garden.  That was really sad because I love the summer garden particularly.  The zucchinis, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, and all  the other wonders of the spring and summer gardens.  Of course we could have planted a summer garden, but then I had to go and break my arm.

Oh well.  That just means that I need to be even more dedicated to the fall and winter garden.

The garden after a good weeding
The garden after a good weeding

Of course having said that I may be jumping the gun, considering that I only have 20° of movement in my wrist after breaking it.    Not to mention I am not allowed to use it yet and when I do it swells up like a balloon.

As far as I can move my wrist
As far as I can move my wrist up

distal radial fracture
And down

Fortunately, we have lots of volunteers who help here and a few really good workers.

Fall Crops

Most people think that vegetables can only be grown in the spring and summer.  However there are hot weather and cold-weather crops.  Obviously in the fall and winter you plant cold-weather crops.  These include carrots, lettuce, kale, onions, garlic and so on.  These types of crops do much better when it is cold.  When it gets hot, especially high desert hot, these plants will either not do well or they will go to seed – what is called bolting.  If you want cold-weather crops, start planting them now and you can have nice fresh veggies all year round.

Wwoofers in the garden
Wwoofers in the garden

25 veggies to plant now


  • asparagus
  • beet
  • Cabbage seeds
  • cabbage (plants)
  • Carrot
  • Chard
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Collard
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leek
  • head lettuce
  • leaf lettuce
  • Mustard Onion
  • Green bunch
  • Onion, seeds
  • Onion, sets
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabaga
  • Salsify
  • Spinach
  • Turnip

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  1. this is so funny. i’m in socal high desert and i missed my chance to plant in spring/summer. i wanted to try planting something but was trying to figure out if i could. just last week i searched for something to tell me, and came up with not much. i decided to search again and came across this article. kismet.

    i’m going to be buying a bunch of greens seeds – mizuna, mustard, tatsoi, lacinato, arugula, celtuce, Spigariello, etc. i’m hoping i get grow them.

    question? can i just put these seeds in the soil in my raised bed?


    • Nice! Glad we could help inspire a late winter garden 🙂 you can definitely plant straight into your raised bed but I would suggest making a modified cold frame. Basically just grab a piece of greenhouse plastic sheeting from Lowe’s and cut it to size for your raised bed. Just use rocks to hold it down if you don’t want to go all out. You’ll have a lot higher success rate if you do something to hold the heat in. This year has been a really warm November for the SoCal high desert so I think you’ll have a lot of success.

      Remember that it’s soil temperature and not air temperature that plants mainly care about. You can always test your soil temp to see if the seeds can handle it!

      • happy thanksgiving!

        i think i might have missed the window. my plan was to try to plant this weekend. but it’s snowing where i am – antelope valley. omg. i can’t even believe it. it’s now a dusting. it’s full on. thx.

        • Happy Thanksgiving back! Honestly you can plant all year long if you’re willing to do what’s necessary to take keep the little guys warm. I’m going to be posting a what to plant in December article in the next couple days!

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