Too Late for cool season crops?

maryt_gardenerApril 15, 2008

Hubby gave me a list of his favorite veggies to grow in the new veggie beds I just got ready. Well...I think it may be a little too late for them-- he wants peas, brocoli, cauliflower, carrots..

What do you think? Is it too too late to put in some of these? I think I could find some plants of brocoli/cauli maybe in stores. I know you can plant them again in fall--but just wondering if I might be able to get some still this spring. thanks, Mary

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Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)

Mary, it will take broccoli and cauliflower plants at least 2 months to make a crop. By then, it is normally too hot so that if the insects do not get them first, the quality of the heads will not be worth your efforts. The same story with peas. The heat will likely kill them about the time that they start producing. Carrots planted now might produce a crop that you can harvest in the early fall if you plant a variety that is somewhat heat tolerant. In this area, to successfully grow these cool season crops, you need to start in February and be prepared to cover them if the temps drop into the 20's.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 8:04PM
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maryt_gardener

thanks, I thought so. Mary

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 9:15PM
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