Sowing Seeds for Seven Fall Crops

Giordano’s has the Seeds you Need for these Seven Crops

Sowing seeds directly in the garden will give you a mature crop indicated by the days listed in the parentheses.*


  1. Beets (50 days)–Sow one-half to one inch deep, every inch or so.  Rows should be 12 to 18 inches apart.
  2. Cabbage (60 days)–Sow seeds one-half to 3/4 inch deep, 3 inches apart.  Harvest when heads first feel solid; waiting too long may result in split heads.
  3. Kale (55 days)–Sow one-quarter to one-half inch deep, 1 inch apart, in rows 2 feet apart.
  4. Lettuce (55 to 75 days)–Sow seeds just one-eighth inch deep, one inch apart in rows one foot apart.  Head lettuce should be harvested when head is firm, before it bolts (sends up a flower stalk). Leaf lettuce can be picked as needed.
  5. Radishes (35 days)–Sow one-half inch deep and one inch apart, in rows 1 foot apart. Harvest before the ground freezes.
  6. Spinach (40 days)–Seeds should be sown one-half to one inch deep, and 3 inches apart.  Harvest as needed and allow the plant to remain mostly intact for early re-growth in the spring.
  7. Swiss Chard (50 days)– Sow seeds one inch deep, 4 inches apart, in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Harvest outer leaves as needed.


*Thanks to Jessica Damiano of Newsday for this information.