With Mother’s Day looming just around the corner (hint hint, don’t forget her!), it’s that time of the year when a natural divide in the planting timing happens. If you’re one that grows a garden for the table, your cole crops, lettuces, and root crops should have already been planted. All these veggies do better when started while it’s cool, but there’s still hope!
Cole crops are vegetables in the cabbage family, so things like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels, and kohlrabi. These veggies can withstand the snow as long as it doesn’t stay cold for too long.
If you’re a procrastinator (or just had no idea when to plant what), it’s not too late. Cole crops and lettuces can still be planted now and again in the late summer for a fall harvest. They’re generally small plants grown to be transplanted, although you can plant seed if you want.
Root crops are another that could have already been planted, but it’s still not too late. Root crops include things like radishes, red beets, and green onions – you know, things with roots. Those can be planted in succession for multiple harvests throughout the summer. So although the first planting could have already been harvested, you can still plant for subsequent harvests. They’ll take 30-60 days to mature from the time they come up, so plant them as often as you want through August.
Carrots, parsnips, and potatoes are also root crops that could have already been planted. You still have a couple weeks left on those as they can all be planted through the end of the month to get a harvest this summer.
Root crops start as seeds, sets, or bulbs. The depth and distance ideal for planting differs among variety, so just be sure to check the information on the packaging when you buy them…or ask me before you leave the store!
I think that about covers it for what should be growing in your garden right now. Like I said, this weekend marks the date when the warm weather plants can be planted, so stay tuned for next week’s post where we’ll share the same information for those!
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Susan is a Colorado Master Gardener, as designated by Colorado State University. She is the voice behind our Green Thumb Gossip, a weekly blog where she shares her expertise on things like when to plant what, tricks of the trade, and how to make your yard the talk of the town