9 Unique Salad Greens to Enhance Your Fall Vegetable Garden

fall gardening salad greens Sep 12, 2023
9 salad greens to enhance fall garden

As the summer heat mellows into the crisp, cool days of autumn, it's the perfect time to rejuvenate your vegetable garden. While most gardeners associate spring and summer with bountiful harvests, fall offers a unique opportunity to grow a variety of salad greens that thrive in the cooler temperatures. These unique salad greens not only add a burst of color and flavor to your salads but also provide a nutritional boost to your meals. In this blog post, we'll explore nine unique salad greens to enhance your fall vegetable garden, complete with planting and harvesting tips and some recommended cultivars to get you started.

1. Arugula (Eruca sativa)

Arugula, with its peppery and slightly nutty flavor, is a fast-growing green that's perfect for fall. It thrives in cool weather and can be sown directly in the garden or in containers. Plant arugula seeds about ½ inch deep and 2-3 inches apart. Harvest the leaves when they reach 2-3 inches in length. Recommended cultivar: 'Rocket' for its quick growth and intense flavor.

2. Mizuna (Brassica rapa var. japonica)

Mizuna is a Japanese green with delicate, feathery leaves and a mild, mustardy flavor. It's easy to grow and can withstand light frost. Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 6-8 inches apart. Harvest the outer leaves when they are 4-6 inches long. Recommended cultivar: 'Kyona' for its excellent cold tolerance.

3. Tatsoi (Brassica rapa var. rosularis)

Tatsoi, also known as spoon mustard, forms attractive rosettes of dark green, glossy leaves with a mild, slightly peppery taste. It's an ideal fall green because it thrives in cool weather. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep and 6-10 inches apart. Harvest young leaves from the outer edges of the rosettes. Recommended cultivar: 'Golden' for its bright yellow stems.

4. Belgian Endive (Cichorium intybus)

Belgian Endive, known for its crisp, pale leaves with a slightly bitter taste, can be grown in the fall for a unique addition to your salads. Start with established roots and plant them in well-drained soil. Keep the plants in a dark, cool place for several weeks to blanch the leaves before harvesting.

5. Radicchio (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum)

Radicchio, with its deep purple-red leaves and slightly bitter taste, is a fantastic fall salad green. Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and thin the seedlings to 8-12 inches apart. Harvest the heads when they are firm and mature. Recommended cultivar: 'Rossa di Treviso' for its striking color.

6. Red Mustard Greens (Brassica juncea)

Red Mustard Greens are known for their vibrant red or purple leaves and spicy flavor. Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 6-12 inches apart. Harvest the leaves when they reach 4-6 inches in length. Recommended cultivar: 'Osaka Purple' for its intense color and flavor.

7. Claytonia (Claytonia perfoliata)

Claytonia, also called Miner's Lettuce, is a hardy green with tender, succulent leaves. It's excellent for fall salads and can tolerate light frost. Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 1-2 inches apart. Harvest leaves as needed, and Claytonia will keep producing throughout the season.

8. Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)

Sorrel is a perennial green with bright, lemony-tasting leaves. It's perfect for adding a tangy kick to your fall salads. Plant sorrel in well-drained soil and space the plants 12-18 inches apart. Harvest the leaves when they are 6-8 inches long. Recommended cultivar: 'Blonde de Lyon' for its milder flavor.

9. Endive (Cichorium endivia)

Endive, with its frilly, curly leaves, adds texture and a slightly bitter flavor to salads. Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and thin the seedlings to 8-12 inches apart. Harvest the leaves when they are mature, or blanch the inner leaves for a milder taste. Recommended cultivar: 'Frisee' for its delicate, curly leaves.


Fall gardening doesn't have to mean the end of your growing season. By including these unique salad greens in your garden, you can continue to enjoy fresh, homegrown produce well into the cooler months. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a novice, these greens are easy to grow and offer a delightful variety of flavors and textures for your fall salads. So, roll up your sleeves, get your hands in the soil, and watch your garden flourish with these nine unique salad greens. Your taste buds will thank you!

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