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Cool Weather Crops

Cool Weather Crops

Mary Smith |


It's been a bit chillier than normal so we're still able to plant a few more cool weather crops before it warms up.

Heirloom Radish is a favorite around here!

Artichoke- plant in late fall or early spring.  Artichoke is a perennial so plant in a place you intend to keep for several years.

Arugula: 40-50 days

Asparagus - Seeds can take awhile to germinate so have patience.  Asparagus is a perennial so plant in a place you tend to keep for up to 20 years

Broccoli: 50-100 days. Tips:  The leaves of the broccoli plant are also edible.  Cook them up just like you would spinach or swiss chard.  Livestock enjoy broccoli leaves as well.

Brussels Sprouts: 90-100 days


Bunching Onions: 65-110 days. Harvested the green tops as they grow or harvest the entire bunching onion.

Cabbage: 75-110 days

Chinese Cabbage: 21-75 days to harvest.  Also called Pak Choy or Bok Choy

Carrots: 60-75 days.

Cauliflower: 80 days.  Too-high temperature can prevent head formation

Celery: 110-120 days

Cilantro: 30+ days.  An excellent option for a kitchen herb garden

Collards: 70 days. Collards can handle cooler weather as well as warmer weather.

Kale: 55-80 days.  Kale can continue to grow into warmer days.  Lacinato Kale is known to grow in warmer climates such as Florida, Texas and South America


Kohlrabi: 55-60 days

Leeks: 110 days

Lettuce: 25-60 days.  Lettuce is a great option for just about any time of the year!

Bunching Onions: 60-80 days

Snap Peas: 55-70 days

RADISH: 23-70 days.  Most radish varieties mature in as few as 30 days and are very easy to grow


Rutabaga: 80-100 days. Rutabaga can tolerate light frost and warmer temps.

Swiss Chard: 60 days.  Swiss Chard can grow in cool and warm temperatures.  It's a great crop to add to your food garden because it  can offer a continual harvest of 6 months or more.

Spinach: 50 days. Spinach can tolerate cooler temps and a light frost.

TURNIPS: 50-70 days.  I Love turnips!  The leaves are edible or feed them to livestock.  I use them instead of potatoes to make "home fries."

*3/1/24 UPDATE* During a recent live chat, we discussed Cool Weather Crops. I went one step further and discussed specific seed varieties that can germinate in cooler soil temps. Check it out!



I hope you have enjoyed another educational article.  If you have additional questions, please leave a comment below or send an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com


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