Vegetable & Cover Crop Seeds to Plant in September: Zone 6

Vegetable & Cover Crop Seeds to Plant in September: Zone 6

Wondering what seeds to plant in September? I share which vegetable & cover crop seeds I sow in my Zone 6a, Ohio garden in the month of September, as well as some of my favorite varieties for fall planting.

00:00 Intro
00:25 Frost Dates & Timing
01:17 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in September
05:53 Cover Crop Seeds to Plant in September

Find the August video here:
Check out the entire Month by Month Planting Series:

Seeds to Plant in September:
Salad Turnips
Baby Beets
Leafy Greens
Cold Hardy Herbs
Green Onions

Cover Crops to Plant in September:
Tiller Radish
Austrian Winter Peas/Field Peas
Hairy Vetch
Crimson Clover
Sweet Yellow Clover
White Clover


  1. Peg Yehl on September 15, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Question. Do you use a seeding tool like an Earthway seed planter? Planting the tillage radishes today and since they aren’t broadcast like most cover crops – taking a bit of time to plant with as big as my garden is. Any recommendations for this type of seeder? Usually my garden is transplants from things I’ve started from seed – that way I get more precise planting. But I’m always game for tools that help me be more productive with my time.

  2. Keith Hilton on September 15, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Jenna, I live in Sydney Australia so I have no idea what zone we are. We have just entered spring so I’ve just planted out my tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, radish etc. I still have to clear my broccoli, cauliflower and silverbeet to make way for my corn and capsicum. Over recent years we don’t overly need to worry about the cold but the heat of summer in January kills us and the garden(110 degrees f+) . Look forward to your next video. Happy gardening.

  3. Adam Conklin on September 15, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    southern Indiana here I planted radishes and crimson clover in both the garden and raised beds….clover sprouted in 2 days! Can’t wait to see it this spring.

  4. Debbie Lyn Toomey on September 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    What practical and edible cover crop would you recommend for an urban zone 6B gardener? Thanks for your videos. They inspire me. 😄

  5. Teresa Thomley on September 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you, Jenna. Always great information.👍

  6. make your life easier on September 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Another great video Jenna! The one crop I like through winter is garlic. Over-winters well and is low maintenance. Keep up the good work.

  7. Cyndi's Green Oasis on September 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I definitely need to learn more about cover crops white clover is a weed here so hard to get rid of if you put it on your garden bed in the fall all I can imagine is a nightmare come spring I would love to cover crop but I’m not sure what you do in the spring to get rid of the the planting how do you take care of your beds and get them ready I do a no tell no dig garden like Charles Downing so I am so confused however the spring a patch of thistles got away from me and they took over my garden so needless to say I’ve been out there hand picking thistles nightmare

  8. Ronnda Pagan on September 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for a fantastic video about what to plant in September.

  9. andrew milburn on September 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    VERY informative and encouraging video thanks from the UK you’ve given me some good tips to try

  10. Rhonda Petsch on September 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for this video. I want to step up my game next year.

  11. Lorie pierce ____ on September 15, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Hi, so glad I found your channel. NE ohio gardener here. I have been looking for a channel for my area. Thanks to you, I already have my fall seeds planted inside. First year doing a fall garden. Can’t lie, kind of excited. Thank you for the great videos.

  12. Denise Girmer on September 15, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Rye? Cool how do u eat?

  13. Jules Gardening Tips on September 15, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Interesting. We crossed seasons this year between new tomatoes and cucumbers with an early start on brassicas and then greens and roots or carrots and radish. Zone 7 is so interesting. Never really gave it much thought until 2020. We have, more than less, 4 seasons. 2 of each. Not including over wintered alliums.

    Love watching your videos. So much good information. 👍🫑✌️

  14. Pamala J Johnson on September 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    I’m zone 6 Missouri last fall fryed leeks wonderful all winter into spring.dryed and froze in freezer and used fresh from the garden, doing this again this fall easy to start just like onions and helps stretch my onions I keep threw the winter. Also love Violaceo Di Verona winter cabbage it red and green hardy, grew from seed had my last one the end of December and I’m doing it again even raised it in spring planting extends my summer cabbage and the worms don’t bother to bad.Baker creek. The red and purple colors are more cold hardy, pretty much raise the same as you 3 large gardens and fruits.

  15. Chuckie Outdoors on September 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    I used some cheap valley greene before spring and had very little produce or growth besides some kale, super small carrots, bolting lettuces and basil. Some cantalope, watermelon vines came up but nothing wants to produce. I have had luck with cucumbers, but not as many as i’d like. I’m trying a jiffy start 72 pods now with garlic chives, beets, lettuce, carrot, bush beans, broccoli, cabbage, sweet basil, kale, cilantro, turnip, radish, green onion, parsley and celery. Will try this in 2 liter bottles.

  16. Cristina on September 15, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Hello I am on zone 6A, Indianapolis, Indiana. This is my first time planting a fall garden. Among lettuce, radish, I have planted for the first time carrots in my raise bed. I am curious to see if it will be a success. I am ready with frost covers when freezing temps arrives. I let you know if the carrots was a success. Thanks for your video

  17. Rachel Galus on September 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I’m zone 5B and we just moved to our new acreage. I’ve never utilized cover crops because I’ve alway had a smaller in town garden. Might have to wait until next year because we are just getting settled, but would love to give them a try. Where do you buy your bulk cover crop seeds?

  18. PrincessLeah187 xx on September 15, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    2.salad turnips
    5.cilantro,dill,parsley onion
    7.winter rye,annual rye
    10.overwintering onions

  19. Sweet Fern Homestead on September 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Jenna, this is such a great video! Do you eat some of the tiller radish too?

  20. Nikki on September 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    For planting in September, is there still time to do this from seed or should I have planted sooner & transplanted this month?
    Also, I’ve heard that people have GREAT results with growing garlic in the late fall months, so I will be trying that soon! 😁

  21. Sharon Allen on September 15, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Jenna, I would like to plant the till radish, where would I order the seed?

  22. Margie Steininger on September 15, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    loving the look of that tiller radish. Can you suggest some recipes?

  23. Jules Gardening Tips on September 15, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Huh. Forgot about that tiller radish. Shoot.

  24. Danelle Buckler on September 15, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    New to your channel and also live in N.E. Ohio. I’ve never done cover crops before but I’m definitely going to start. I’ll be binge watching the rest of your videos for more great gardening tips! 😁

  25. Titan Art6 on September 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Do you have a video or series on canning and saving vegetables at end of season?

  26. Rick Reinhardt on September 15, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I stumbled on your channel and have 2 say I’m very impressed. Hunters do fall food plots and your 2 favorite cover crops are what we use every year we broadcast them into our buckwheat and roll down and terminate the buckwheat. Our brassica mix has mostly tillage radish in it because like u said it opens up the ground great. Forage and daicon does pretty good also. Every year we rotate our winter rye "grain" not grass and brassica mix from one side of the field to to other. Me doing no till and keeping stuff growing all the time my soil is way better than the farmers right next to them that loves tilling and fertilizer. More farmers need 2 watch your videos u are sharing great information

  27. James Guest on September 15, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    That bit of a rant about all the ways we put away produce was priceless. You have clearly done it all and like me, you’re sick of it by the time it’s done. Love your show.

  28. Viola L on September 15, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you very much!!! We just moved to KY and its zone 6 as well, super helpful.

  29. Tammy Nelson on September 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Love your channel

  30. Luthamis on September 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for the knowledge Jenna!

  31. Kc C on September 15, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Your videos are really helpful! This September I’m growing garlic for the first time. I’m soo excited to be harvesting garlic next summer 👩🏼‍🌾

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  33. Christina Shawgo on September 15, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I NEED a GOOD Seed catalog. Someone help me.
    Growing in Southern Indiana CT zone.
    So happy I found you ! Learning for next year.

  34. Elana Sofko on September 15, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Zone 6b grower here in the lower Hudson Valley of NY. I have just transplanted a bunch of ‘green leafies’, annual herbs & other cold tolderant veg, started labor day weekend into a bed that will eventually be covered by either a hoophouse "top" or a cold frame in about a month. Swiss Chard, Kale, Escarole, Tatsoi, spinach and some lettuces, cilantro, marjoram, and parsley. These will join radish, onion and leek transplanted a couple weeks back. The other side of this bed bears an experiment in overwintering artichoke plants (a variety meant to survive zone 6 winters, though i have not yet been successful). Often times my fall planted green leafy veg just stop growing in Nov/Dec but if the winter is mild enough they won’t die either and start growing again in late winter–making decent early spring harvests possible when we are more than ready for fresh veg.

  35. Pamala J Johnson on September 15, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Leeks have worked threw the winter

  36. Mylene Buck on September 15, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Radishes, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Leafy Greens

  37. Kelly on September 15, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Can you do anything with the tiller radish? Seems like a waste to just throw it out. Going to try the first time this season, we have a lot of clay too.

  38. Larry Wuzhere on September 15, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    That straw did turn 45 degrees over the ripe melon

  39. Jennifer K on September 15, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Your videos are always so helpful! Im in Ohio too so i love having someone so knowledgeable and actually somewhat local. Im a newbie and i keep coming back to your channel. Thanks so much!

  40. Cynthia Carr on September 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Tyfs! Very good! Collards and kale😁❤

  41. jgpinc on September 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I am in NE Ohio. Is it "driller radish" like the Daikon version? I didn’t see that Johnny’s sell those. They are on Amazon. I have clay soil that I’m trying to improve with cover crops.

  42. R A on September 15, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Of all the gardening videos I’ve watched, your vids are the best! You have so much useful information in each one – it’s amazing. Thank you! You have a lovely farm.

  43. Larry Hartman on September 15, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you.

  44. Bruce on September 15, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    I just moved to Easter Kentucky zone 6b and your videos are helping me so much!

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  46. Crystal Singer on September 15, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    I’m in zone 6B, southern Indiana….and I always find your videos so helpful! Thank you! Question…… do you plant your tiller radishes (spacing, etc). I too, have clay soil. Thinking about getting some in the ground (our first frost is typically not until Oct 20th-but usually more around Halloween). I figured it’d help bust stuff up in a spot I’d like to plant zinnias next year!

  47. Nikki on September 15, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I very much appreciate your delivery of information. It’s thorough without being repetitive or unnecessarily wordy in general.

  48. arti choke on September 15, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I am so amazed of the fact how well prepared, organized, concise, informative, educative… i mean, you are perfect! It is so rare to come across all these qualities nowadays. And, thank you for that.
    Although, for this topic one doesn’t need to be good looking, you are beaUtiful 2, and an excellent presenter which is absolutelly important, of course.🌷

  49. BeachHutMan on September 15, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Great advice Jenna. I’m not sure what zone 6 is as I am in England (UK), but I think that my seasons and temperatures are similar to yours. I find that sowing in September means that the young growth is susceptible to mold and fungal problems, and that the slugs and snails have had time to multiply over the summer months and therefore the young seedlings get munched really quickly. I have much better results sowing really early in the year under cover. I have always been disappointed with late sowings. But that’s just me!

  50. Amy Schmelzer on September 15, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    I am in north central Ohio and live in a freakish microclimate. I am never surprised by the first frost coming in September. It’s so fleeting that only the most tender plants get burned when left uncovered. So basil, I am looking at you. I got a weather station this summer so I will be able to document this phenomenon when it happens to me but no one else in my county, especially the city gardeners gets frost. I have been watching the low temps recorded by my weather station and comparing them to my favorite weather app. A solid 5 degrees lower at my garden. Next Friday 39 degrees is predicted for me. Do the math and that equals frost. I hope the forecast changes, but I need to be prepared to make last minute decisions if it doesn’t improve.

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