Cold crops | Gardening with Gutner

Audrey J. Powers

It is been a cold spring, but you will find a whole lot that can go out in the back garden ideal now.

MAINE, United states — Has this felt like a colder-than-normal spring to you? According to Information Centre Maine Main Meteorologist Todd Gutner, the regular temperature has been near typical, but we even now haven’t experienced any spring warmups. The to start with 70-diploma day is usually in mid-April, but as of May possibly 9, that has not occurred still.

Inspite of the chillier times, there is nonetheless a large amount that can go out in the garden. These greens and greens are called chilly crops. 

Gardening with Gutner paid out a visit to the backyard of master gardener Tom Witwicki, president of the Cumberland County Grasp Gardeners Affiliation, to find out about these chilly-tolerant plants.

Witwicki has been gardening given that February in his greenhouse, which is a balmy 68 degrees. This is exactly where he commences his seedlings. 

Despite the fact that he started off most of his vegetation inside of, he immediately seeded some peas. 

Under is a listing of chilly crops that Witwicki has grown.


Chilly Crops

  • peas                              
  • asparagus
  • broccoli                          
  • beets
  • radishes                         
  • cabbage
  • cilantro                           
  • kale
  • spinach                          
  • kohlrabi
  • lettuces                          
  • leeks
  • arugula                          
  • onions
  • swiss chard                   
  • shallots

If you you should not have any of your individual seedlings, you can obtain some at your neighborhood garden centre.

Witwicki utilized a higher tunnel of plastic-protected arches in a row to shield his seedlings, but he explained you do not want just one. He confirmed Todd his lettuces, cilantro, radishes, spinach, and arugula, all of which he is by now harvesting. 

In accordance to the College of Maine Cooperative Extension, plants like tomato, eggplant, and peppers can not go out right up until the previous frost. For the believed last working day of frost and the advised dates to plant your garden, click on below. at?v=wG6FJBGTvLg

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