Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oregon's green valley
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I live in zone 8 in the pacific NW so not quite like your zone. Now is the time we're getting our fall/winter garden planted. Things like lettuce (which can be planted all season really), spinach and peas for fall. Carrots for late fall too. And any brassica like brocolli, cabbage and kale. Most of these plants get most of their growth in late summer and early fall, then you pick them in late fall before it freezes.
Kale is especially cold hardy and does not need cover in our area through winter. In sept or oct I'll plant my garlic too.
There are "overwinter" varieties of carrots, cabbage and onions which get planted soon and grow slowly all winter. They grow more in the spring for a mid spring harvest. These are usally good in colder climates. Some things need to be covered to keep them warm or dry.
You should look up your planting dates for your zone, which will tell you exactly when things can be grown.