Cool Season Vegetables
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Mustard Greens
- Swiss Chard
Some vegetables come from areas that are generally temperate in nature. They have adapted to handle weather that dips below freezing and the plant will not usually be harmed too much. In fact, they tend to be better tasting after a frost rolls through! For example, kale plants will start producing sugars during freezing temperatures that will lessen the bitterness usually associated with this plant.
Since cool season vegetables do indeed like lower temperatures, they have the advantage of two planting opportunities. Plan on getting them out at the start of spring since they can struggle in the hot conditions that come in the middle of the year. They may also bolt, which means they rush to put out their flowers and seeds before the heat kills the plant. Bolting can make vegetables like lettuce bitter.
Towards the end of summer, you can plant another crop to enjoy a fall harvest. Check the number of days until maturity and keep that in mind when you are choosing when to plant. Many can be planted in July or August. Quick ones like radishes can even possibly be planted later.
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