Planting ahead: Tips for cool season vegetable gardening

With summer heat still in full effect, it’s hard to believe temperatures will be winding down soon for the fall! Cooler weather is on the horizon! So what can you do to get ready for the change? Plan + plant ahead, and get your cool season veggies in the ground! Fresh from the garden broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, radishes + other fall favorites will be on your table + in your belly before you know it!

This is the perfect time of year to start planting your seeds or seedlings for the fall. Slower growing veggies like cauliflower, collards, broccoli, and cabbage can be started indoors, giving them time for their roots to get established before they start producing mid-fall.

Start your root veggies—beets, radishes, carrots, and turnips—from seed so that you won’t have to transfer them after the vegetable itself has already started growing underground. You can also start Swiss chard, lettuce, arugula, kale, and spinach from seed.

Be sure to check your seedlings if you’re bringing them outdoors while the weather is still warm. Caterpillars are often lurking around during the summer! If you’re having trouble with pests, we use a natural pesticide, bacillus thuringiensis, to keep them off your garden!

Thinking of starting your own cool season vegetable garden this year? Plant ahead! Stop by GSCO + we’ll be glad to help get your veggie garden growing!