Planting the Cool Weather Garden

August 18, 2008 heavenlygardens

August is the perfect time to plant your cool weather garden. The wonderful thing about Autumn is that you can extend the growing season, even in colder climates, by planting vegetables that thrive in cooler temperatures.

Kale, some lettuces (such as Romaine), broccoli, peas, chard, endive, and spinach all grow well in cooler temperatures (see a list of cool weather vegetables below). I also plant more carrots, so the rabbits have something to nibble on. Amazingly, carrots I have planted in the fall have thrived through the winter months and have yielded both carrots and lush carrot tops in the Spring. So has endive, sometimes providing us with salad as early as February or March.

I buy my vegetable seeds in local stores and also from some seed catalogs. I’ve had success with both Burpee and Park Seeds. Both companies have online ordering as well as hard copy catalogs you can request.

Now is also the time to check the seed catalogs and seed company web sites for their end-of-season sales. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to visit some of those seed web sites to see what I can add to my Autumn and Spring gardens.

Here’s a list of cool weather vegetables you can plant now for harvest later this fall. Park Seeds has all of these vegetable seeds available on their web site.

Beets
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Collards
Dandelion
Endive
Escarole
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuces
Peas
Radishes
Spinach
Turnips

Leeks also seem to overwinter well in our yard. If I plant them now and again in the Spring, we’ll have a Spring and Autumn harvest. If you’ve never tried leeks before, you’re in for a taste treat. They have a milder onion flavor than onions and you can use their green tops in soups and stews and as a garnish on meat and vegetable dishes.

For those of you who are diehard gardeners like me and refuse to let your gardens go fallow before their time, start planting that Autumn garden and you and your family will enjoy the fruits of your labor well into the winter months.

To Your Gardening Abundance,

Cara

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