Eager to get out in the garden? You don't have to wait to plant some vegetables. Cool season veggies are happy to get planted right now either as a seed or as a plant!
All of our seed selections are non-GMO and certified organic. Some seeds you can start now include kale, lettuce, spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, swiss chard, peas and even parsley. These seeds can be started directly in the ground right now.
The cabbage family (or Brassica oleracea family if you want to be official) is fresh out of our growing greenhouses and ready to plant. All of our vegetables and herbs are grown in organic soil using organic fertilizers and other natural practices. You can choose from several varieties of cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi. Kohlrabi? What is kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is from Germany hence it's German roots: “kohl” meaning cabbage and “rabi” meaning turnip. You can eat both the stem and the leaves of this low, stout cultivar of cabbage.
Artichokes can be planted now. They make large, attractive plants in your garden as well as produce 6-8 buds around 4 inches in diameter that are slow to open. We always like to let the last bud of the season bloom. Artichokes are delicious and beautiful!
It's also the time to plant onion and shallot sets. We have several varieties available. Or pick up a 4-pack of our Candy Onions. They produce early, 5" bulbs that may be the sweetest onions you have ever eaten.
If all this talk about vegetables has you yearning for a fresh salad, it's a great time to plant lettuce and spinach in early spring. You can find a lettuce that suits your taste buds from the sweet Buttercrunch to the All Star Gourmet and City Garden mixes.
Vegetable gardening can be beautiful as well as healthy. Try staking sugar snap peas on a trellis. You can grow your kitchen garden in containers or raised beds. If your homeowners’ association does not allow you to enclose your garden in a short picket fence, try a living hedge of blueberry bushes or boxwoods. Neat rows come to mind when you think of veggie gardens, but your veggie garden can be a work of art when planted in a circle with stepping stones. Add color to the garden with Ruby Perfection cabbage or add some pansies. Pansy flowers are edible as well as beautiful in the garden or containers.
Container gardening is great for small spaces and for adding beauty and creativity to traditional veggie gardening. Choose a container large enough for the plant(s). You may wish to add an extended release organic fertilizer like Espoma Bio-tone to Growing Place Choice potting soil, or you can buy Bumper Crop Gardeners Gold Potting mix that contains all of the nutrients your plants need. Remember that containers require regular watering.
Have fun planting your very own garden with these cool season veggies!
Just in case winter rears its head again, remember, while cool season veggies can tolerate a light frost, we recommend that you cover your plants when a heavy frost is expected.
For tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other warm season veggies it's best to wait until the soil temperatures have warmed up a bit. Their growth can be stunted if planted when it's too cold. All of our warm season veggies will be arriving the first week of May!
Posted on 4/13/2017 at 6:50:00 AM