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Here are some veggies that thrive in the cooler weather, that you can plant right now:
- One of the most giving vegetables you can plant
- Plant a blend of different lettuce types for variety (romaine, red leaf, etc)
- Lettuce roots are shallow – easy to grow in containers (shallow bowls)
- To harvest, snip or pick outer leaves so the centers will keep growing
- Prefers full sun but is one of the few vegetables that can tolerate partial sun
- Another shallow-root veggie, so you can grow in containers
- Harvest sooner as smaller leaves (will get bitter as it matures). Pick outer leaves to give the inner leaves more time to grow (extends harvest)
- Hardy, can tolerate some cold and frost
- Harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. Choose smaller, tender leaves for salads; larger leaves for cooking
- Ornamental varieties are not tasty, so don’t eat them, but they add great texture to garden beds
- Heavy feeder – needs regular fertilization
- Avoid growing alongside broccoli & cauliflower (can deplete soil nutrients faster because they’re all heavy feeders)
- Harvest when the cabbage head is nice and firm.
- Ornamental varieties available for flower gardens and containers (not tasty, so don’t eat them)
- Keep it evenly watered; Avoid watering the heads, only water the soil
- Needs regular fertilization as well
- Harvest with buds of the head are firm and tight; cut the stem at an angle. Plant will continue to give side shoots for additional harvesting well into fall
- Keep consistently watered
- Grows a bit slower, so be patient
- Harvest when heads are 6 to 8 inches in diameter and are firm, white and tight
- Planted as bulbs, choose from white, yellow or red onion bulbs in a variety of sizes
- Heavy feeder – needs regular fertilization to produce big bulbs
- Harvest immature onions as scallions. For mature onions, wait until the tops yellow & start to fall over
- Herbs – many do well in cool weather, too
- You don’t need a large space to grow cool season veggies & herbs --- you can even grow them in a pot
- However, you do need an outdoor area that receives 6+ hours of sunlight
- When planting in the ground use a rich, organic planting mix like Black Gold Planting mix – this helps breakup our dense clay soil while adding in organic compost so roots can more easily establish & provide proper drainage
- When planting in a pot or container, make sure it has a hole in the bottom for drainage and use Black Gold Potting Soil – it's specially formulated for the unique needs of potted containers
- Be sure to add in Dr. Earth Root Zone when planting to give your new transplants needed nutrients to prevent transplant shock
- Keep your cool season veggies watered – twice a week depenidng on the weather & get ready to enjoy your harvest
For more advice on growing cool season crops like these, go to PikeNursey.com.
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