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Growing Cool-Season Vegetables

Start the season extra early with these frost-tolerant cool-season vegetables.

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-If your soil is workable, it's not too early to get started on your vegetable garden. Cool season crop include lettuce and other greens. Cool crops such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, radishes, turnips, onions, carrots, and others. This plant can take a bit a bit of frost and many do poorly in warm weather, but don't wait until after the last frost to plant them. As soon as you see them in the garden centers, start planting. Be sure to follow spacing recommendations and plant in a full sun location. Planting pre-grown seedlings is the quickest way to get a jump on spring veggie garden, but some plants such as lettuce, radishes, and turnips, germinate and grow so rapidly, it's easier to sow them directly in the ground. Cool season crops often are finished by June. When you pull them out, you may still have time to plant warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, or beans in their place.