Cool weather crops

Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:00 pm

Some of us have to deal with it...cool weather.
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I am curious about growing kale. Anyone have any luck with it???
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As for other cool weather crops that can go in now...any ideas Cabbage? Too early for peas up here on the coastal Northeast.
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How about potates as early as this time of year. Chris

Re: Cool weather crops

Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:38 pm

Central Missouri. I planted sweet peas, kohlrabi, onion sets and radish within the last two days.

Ground is still a bit wet. But Beets, carrots, onion sets, cabbage, garlic, peas, radish and kohlrabi can be planted now. In another week or so; beans, corn, potatoes, and cucumber.

Neighbor is putting in 100 lbs of potatoes as soon as it dries up a bit. He had planned on planting potatoes tomorrow but it rained today and he still has to disc the garden plot.

Kinda off/on topic. The local grocery store sold out of all of their seed potatoes. Next shipment due in tomorrow and neighbor plans on being at the store when the door opens.

People are putting in larger gardens than normal. Guess they are expecting more hard times ahead.

Re: Cool weather crops

Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:41 am

Thanks for the heads up on what is going into the ground around central MO. We're a bit behind you guys with the better weather. But this gives me "food for thought" on what to get in. I usually grow the basics...squash (summer and winter),
tomatoes, and potatoes, along with various peppers and eggplant. I did also grow onions but wanted to get some other early things in. Thanks again Eugene!
Chris

Re: Cool weather crops

Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:42 am

Hey Chris,

I prefer kale with flat leaves over the really curly type due to the ease of cleaning.

Last year I grew Toscano and it did great. No idea how it tastes, but the rabbits do!

Johnnyseeds sells that type (among others), but they sell out early every year.

Jim

Re: Cool weather crops

Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:52 am

Chris,

Here is the scoop on Kale http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene57dc.html#growinginfo

Try this on for size. A list of cool season crops http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1999/4-23-1999/coolcrops.html

Hope this helps.

Bill

Re: Cool weather crops

Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:16 am

Cold and wet here. We always try to plant our potatoes on Good Friday, old family tradition.