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Vegetables to Plant During a Wintery Spring

Vegetables to Plant During a Wintery Spring

 

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring but it might take a little longer to warm up.

 

In the meantime, use the last few weeks of winter to help grow some cool weather veggies so you can enjoy garden-fresh greens all season. We know it’s tempting to start planting your juicy tomatoes and wishing for warmer weather now, but homegrown vegetables can start much earlier than the end of spring.

Cool weather vegetables prefer lower temperatures and are fairly easy plants as they are hardy to an occasional frost and with the cooler weather, there are fewer pests to damage your plants. While these plants can do well during colder temperatures we recommend keeping a cloth handy for sudden cold days and late frosts. These plants can be put into two categories of “semi-hardy” and “hardy” depending on where you live and the time of year will help you determine which vegetables are best to plant and when.

Our hardy vegetables would be your spinach, kale, collards, arugula, broccoli and brussel sprouts. These plants can withstand a hard frost, typically about 25-29 degrees F.

With Semi-hardy vegetables being cauliflower, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, and beets. These plants can all do well during a light frost of about 29-32 degrees F.

These veggies taste best in cool weather and can add a little freshness to your season. It may not feel quite like spring yet, but by getting a jump start on your garden it will make the warmer weather that much tastier.

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