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5 Cool Weather Crops for Your Autumn Veggie Patch

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If you’re like most moms, you would agree that it can be a challenge sometimes, if not all the time, to get your children to eat the right stuff; especially when it comes to vegetables. But before we pass too much judgment on children, they really do have a valid reason or two for not liking their vegetables, mainly because of the flavor. 

Most supermarket veggies have been bred for shelf life, appearance, and transportability. This usually translates into making concessions on the flavor. Tomatoes are an excellent example, where supermarket tomatoes are nowhere near as flavorful or juicy as homegrown. 

Another point worth mentioning is that your family might like certain vegetables, but you have to know that there are many types that can’t be sold at the store because they don’t keep well and don’t sell in large volumes. Leafy greens are a good example, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and the sorts start wilting as soon as you cut them, so they don’t stay well on the shelves. But they do taste good and are clearly good for you. There are so many different veggies to try that you can’t purchase in the supermarket for whatever reason, so growing them yourself is definitely the best option.

People who grow and have their own vegetable garden also have a lot more to look forward to in their meals. For one thing, your taste buds will notice the difference. We tend to take better notice of the things we’ve put our effort into.

We can go on and on about why growing your own vegetables is beneficial, but for now, we want to give you the best 5 vegetables that grow well in cooler climates. Even though it’s been a pretty stifling hot summer in so many areas, it’s just a matter of weeks when the weather will be cooling down.  

Actually, if you live in northern climates, you should begin your planting at the beginning of August. So if you haven’t, you’ve still got time to get your tools and dig in!

These plants grow best when the weather is cool, and most can even handle a light frost. A few, like Brussels sprouts and kale, even do better in frosty conditions and taste better afterwards.

1. Lettuce

A healthy bowl of salad with lettuce is what every family meal needs. Lettuce takes between 45 to 60 days to harvest. It can grow in full sun in soil or within containers. There are two types; head lettuce, like in an iceberg, and loose-leaf lettuce. There are different ways to harvest lettuce. One way is to cut through the whole head from the base. The second is to cut the lettuce above the base. This will leave a little stump of lettuce that will continue to grow. Another way is to pick the old leaves off the plant and let the center continue to grow. 

2. Carrots

It takes about 50 to 65 days to harvest this crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious vegetables. Moms will love it because they’re very weight loss friendly, and also love it for their family because they’re a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A and B groups. You should plant your carrots around 2 inches apart, and 3 to 4 rows inches apart.

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3. Cauliflower

Rumor has it that cauliflower isn’t an easy vegetable to grow. However, even though it is a tricky vegetable to grow, it certainly isn’t impossible. Professionals assure us that it only needs certain precautions and care to be taken, as it does have some specific requirements. If you want to really go in depth, get the details on Foodall now where you’ll be able to get step by step guidance on how to properly care for cauliflowers. For example, a growing cauliflower in your home garden requires consistently cool temperatures with temperatures in the 60s. A cold spell may cause a plant to bolt, finishing its life cycle prematurely, and likely producing an inedible crop. Taking 65-75 days to harvest, find a spot in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of sun. It’s advised to start cauliflower from transplants rather than seeds. They also need around 2 inches of water each week. Ideally, the heads will grow to 6 to 8 inches in diameter.

4. Brussels sprouts

This is a relatively easy vegetable to grow. They must be started indoors 4 weeks before your last frost date. This is known as a long season crop that is planted in spring for a fall harvest. They grow big, so plant the sprouts 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart, providing an inch of water, at least, per week. For a perfect flavor, wait after the first frost to begin to harvest them. There are plenty of delicious sprout dishes and recipes to introduce to your family, especially if any of them are not Brussels sprout fans. Cream of Brussels sprouts soup is a tasty and filling meal, for example, or roasted sprouts with bacon is a sure winner for you and your kids.

5. Peas

You should start to sow peas for an autumn harvest at least 60 days prior to the first light frost. Leaves and vines are hardy, but not the pods, so freezing will damage the pods. The name hardy vegetables mean they can tolerate a hard frost; about 25 to 28 degrees F, which is -3 to -2 degrees C. They’re not difficult to grow but their season is short. You have to get the peas in the ground while the soil is cool but not moist. It’s a balancing act between the right weather and time. The best time to pick your peas during harvest is after the morning dew has dried. They’ll be crispier then. Freshly picked peas can last in your fridge for around 5 days.

We’ve become so immune to the taste of store-bought vegetables, but if you try homegrown, the difference will astound you! Besides the taste, knowing your family is getting the best nature can provide is a pleasant thought that will help put your mind at ease. Also, it’s almost a guarantee that if you involve your young ones in the planting and harvesting process, they’ll want to try everything. That way you’ll have cool and warm weather vegetable choices all year round.

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