One of the great features of cool season vegetables, the ones that survive the frosts and freezes of fall and early winter here in the Southeastern US, is that they are not space-hogs.
Red Russian kale might get to be pretty big (two to three feet across and high), but it isn’t going to sprawl across ten feet of garden the way a tomato plant can, and it won’t tower so high — like corn or okra — that it casts shade on the whole rest of the garden.
Even better, a lot of the cool season crops are in the “cut-and-come-again” group of leafy greens. You can harvest some leaves, and the plants will keep producing. The plants might stop for a while during cold weather, but in the warm stretches between, they will continue to grow.
Here in my zone 7b garden, I have already started a few seeds for my fall garden. The first little batch of seeds includes some kale, collards, beets, winter radishes, and some green bunching onions. In a couple of weeks, I will start a little more of all of those, plus some lettuces.
What’s going into your fall garden?