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Cole Crops refer to early season cold hardy vegetables that include cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce and chard.
In the deep south, cole crops need to be planted by the first of March. In the mid-south (Arkansas and Oklahoma) they should be in the ground by the middle of March. However this year, we have had such a cool, wet March so far the ground has been too wet to plant. I think that gardens will be able to plant their cole crops later this year.
What happens with cole crops is when the temperatures heat up, the plants just don’t fo as well. So planting early and growing cooler is better.
Farther north, cole crops can be planted on up into April.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Sun seems to have reappeared. No, I’m serious, take a peek outside. Yep, that’s the sun! And he brought a friend with him this time…warmer weather! The forecast is plum full of 60 degree temps ahead of us!
Now that doesn’t mean you should break out the swimsuits just yet, or even pack away your jackets and coats. But it does seem to support the theory that Spring, at long last, is here. And thank goodness, because we were getting tired of all that snow!
As is tradition at the beginning of March, we have all of your Cole Crops ready to go for that first round of Spring Veggie planting. Lettuce, Strawberries, Cabbage, Onions, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Eggplants are all eagerly awaiting to become part of your garden. Tomatoes and Peppers are ready as well. Remember you don’t want to plant your tomatoes and peppers outside until after Easter, but you can keep them inside until then.
And for those of you who just can’t stand to see a world without flowers any longer now that the snow has melted, we have some color in bloom as well. Snapdragons, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, and Petunias are wonderful plants that flourish in this early Spring weather.
Yes, it’s official. Spring is here. See you at the Greenhouse!!!