Fall gardening in Huntsville—what to plant right now + where to buy it

Girl looking at pepper plant
Grab the soil, get the shovels out, and let fall gardening begin. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

This past week, I let out a gasp of excitement when I checked my plants—a tiny pepper had emerged! As a first time gardener, I couldn’t believe I was actually growing my own food.

Whether this is your first rodeo or you just want to know what to plant this autumn, check out our top fall gardening tips.

What zone is Huntsville in?

With summer behind us and winter ahead, plant hardiness is key. (Video by Growing a Sustainable Future))

Plant hardiness zones help you understand what you can grow based on your climate. According to Plant Maps, Huntsville is in zone seven, meaning that its average minimum temperature is between 0-10 degrees Farenheiht during the winter.

If you live in the Huntsville area, you can safely plant anything that’s zoned for 7 or lower but may need to take extra precautions (like brining pots inside during the winter) if you choose a plant with a higher zone.

What can you plant in September + October?

Four plants—two lettuces, green peppers and broccoli.
Even if you only have a small space, you can start your fall gardening. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Since, this is my first season gardening and I live in an apartment, I went small and bought planted four vegetables: broccoli, peppers, iceberg and butter lettuce.

Check out what you can plant in September and October:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Spouts
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chives
  • Collards + turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Radish
  • Spinach

Where to buy seeds + plants

Dog beside plants at Home Depot
Huntsville has some amazing plant shops where you can buy your fall seeds. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Along with Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace and Tractor Supply, the Huntsville area also has several great local spots where you can buy fall seeds and plants:

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Lacey Muenstermann
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