I finally got everything planted and it is all looking pretty good. I even have little tomatoes and little squash already. I planted garlic for the first time last fall and it is all looking great! I am very excited about harvesting it. The flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. It has been a perfect spring around here – not too hot, not too cold, not too much rain – I am so grateful! I keep having nightmares of the floods last year about this time. The worse thing in my garden this year is my new lab puppy, Luke! He stays out of the garden until I am out there and then he starts running in circles around me smooshing everything in his path. He also starts eating the strawberries when I start picking them. Despite Luke, everything is taking off. Enjoy the photos and happy gardening in your own garden.
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.