Thanks to our local farmers at Fort Hill Farm in New Milford, CT, and Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Wesport, CT, we have a bountiful assortment of vegetables ready to plant now! Here are several cold-hardy crops for an abundant garden:
Also known as brassicas, the cole crop family includes an impressive number of garden vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and kale are all family members. Transplant into fertile soil amended with compost and organic fertilizer in area with full sun. They are cold
hardy and ready-to-plant at time of purchase. Keep adequately watered. Use floating row cover to mitigate flea beetles and cabbage loopers. To protect from cutworms, place a plastic collar around the base of the plant.
This crop family includes leeks, onions, and shallots. Plant as early as possible, starting in late April to mid-May. Alliums require fertile soil and full sun, and are sensitive to weed-pressure due to their shallow root systems. Mulch or keep well-weeded. They grow best with ample water (at least 1 in. of rain per week). To plant, gently break apart clumps. Place one seedling per hole, 2-3 in. deep.
Carrots, spring radishes, salad turnips and beets are can be sown as successions throughout the season. Get a head start on your beet crop with plant starts! Plant seedlings 3-6 in. apart in rows 1-1.5 ft. apart. Do not disturb their rots. Can be harvested as baby beets and greens or be grown to full-size.
All the Greens
Arugula, dandelion greens, head lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard all perform best in cooler temperatures. Transplant into fertile well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Some greens, like kale, collards, and chard, can be harvested all summer long with proper care. For a continuous harvest of salad, sow successions of arugula, lettuce, and spinach.
See more detailed planting instructions, as well as the varieties we offer in our Organic Gardening Guide!