Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cool Season Crops Planted

At the Harvesters Demonstration Garden, we have planted all our cool season crops.  We'll wait on warm season crops like tomatoes and peppers as there is still a chance of frost in April. Even if the temperature stays above 32 degrees, warm season crops can be set back by chilly weather and lag crops planted later.

The cool-season vegetables we planted can tolerate a light frost and hot temperatures make them bitter or go to seed. We mostly planted seeds but always use plants for broccoli and cabbage. Potatoes and onions also are not grown from seed.

With several of our plants, we used both plants and seeds for economy and to stagger maturity which is  important with lettuces. Other cool-season vegetables that work from seed or plants include collards and kale.

We also planted seeds for our beets, carrots, cilantro, mustard, spinach, swiss chard and turnips.

Here's our garden after we finished planting - we'll begin harvesting greens and lettuces in early May!

For a good reference on what to plant when, see this  planting calendar from University of Missouri Extension: