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Gardening is one of America's most popular springtime and summer hobbies; as of 2017, approximately 117.6 million Americans did some sort of gardening in the preceding twelve months. But just because the temperature is starting to drop doesn't mean your gardening has to stop. Plenty of vegetables thrive in colder climates, and the start of autumn is the perfect time to incorporate these cold-loving veggies into your home garden. Here are five plants to pick up from one of your local garden centers for your home vegetable garden.

  • Cabbage: This leafy green vegetable is incredibly hardy, able to tolerate very low temperatures. Its frost tolerance and ability to handle temperature fluctuations make it an excellent addition to a healthy fall vegetable garden.

  • Broccoli: Another member of the cabbage family, broccoli grows well during the colder months. If possible, leave some of the leaves when harvesting the flowers (yes, broccoli is a flower!) of this popular superfood. It's possible you'll see offshoots and new growth if you do.

  • Kale: Believe it or not, this vegetable actually benefits from being planted late into the year. Certain varieties of kale can taste sweeter if frost is allowed to build on it for a brief period of time. Ask at one of your local garden centers to see what varieties would be best for your growing environment.

  • Onions: Onions, shallots, and leeks all take considerable time to grow and are best planted in cold environments. While you won't see them for a late fall harvest, you should have plenty of onions early spring for the first harvest of next year.

  • Radishes: These tiny root vegetables are best planted about one month before the first frost of the season. Because of their rapid growth cycle, you might see your first harvest in as little as three weeks. Consider planting a few new seeds every week if you choose to plant radishes; this will ensure you have a consistent harvest throughout the remainder of the fall.

Looking for more ideas for your autumn garden? Talk to the experts at your local garden centers for more inspiration and ideas for your fall vegetable garden.