Veggies – get sowing!

Maybe it’s because we’ve had such a long winter this year, or so much snow, whatever it is, I’m so anxious to get out and start gardening.

For those of you who are with me on this and anxious to get your hands dirty there are some things we can do… even in Minnesota!

For my veggie gardening friends, April 15th is typically a good time to plant cool season plants such as: Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Endive, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach and Turnips.

Cool season plants actually prefer the cool weather and don’t care for hot weather at all and they’ll let you know it.  Peas won’t perform and Radishes and Spinach (among others) will bolt.  In other words, they sense they are going to die and try to complete their life cycle by producing seeds.

Ideally you want to get cool season crops in the ground between April 15th and May 1st (in Minnesota), much later and you might not get anything.  If you have a garden calendar, write “Plant cool season crops” next to these dates for future reference. If you live in a warmer climate, plant earlier, if you live in a colder climate you’ll plant later.  Check with your local Extension office for info specific to your area.

(Don’t fret if you miss this date though, many of these can be planted in late summer for a fall harvest as well.)

So, get out and sow!

Kate

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