Plant now, enjoy later!

Picture this- the weather is crisp, the fireplace is lit, you are surrounded by friends and family in a perfectly decorated house. Everyone is sitting down for dinner when-oh no, there are no fresh vegetables. How do you solve this conundrum now? By planting your seeds early. It’s true, planting winter vegetables are probably the last thing on your mind right now. You’re most likely too preoccupied getting that perfect tan while sipping a cold refreshing drink. But, if you want a tasty and bountiful fall harvest, start planting now! Root vegetables and Leafy greens grow best in cooler weather. Cole crops such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale and kohlrabi actually benefit from a touch of frost. Lettuces wither under the hot summer sun, but by starting them now means you will be having garden fresh salad well into October. Plant arugula, mustard greens, radishes and spinach now and they will be ready by September. Chinese greens germinate and grow much more quickly than other greens in the garden. Scallions and parsley can survive most of the winter outdoors. Beets, Swiss chard, parsnips, and peas are also great to have in your fall garden. A way to further extend the season of root vegetables is to mulch heavily when frost threatens.

Plants that can withstand a hard frost (below 28 degrees) include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnip
  • Leeks
  • Sorrel

Plants that can withstand a light frost (28-32 degrees) include:

  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Endive
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Swiss Chard
  • Escarole
  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Mache
  • Radicchio

Thank you to Jessica Damiano for the original information. You can read more here.

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