Friday, September 9, 2011

Time to Plant Cole Crops!

Young Broccoli Plants
September is prime time to set out transplants of cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, and cauliflower, a group of crops collectively known as the cole crops. If you have tried growing these crops in the spring before and failed, be sure try again this fall. 

Cole crops thrive in the consistently cool temperatures of autumn, producing superior flavor to their spring grown counterparts. Space broccoli and cauliflower transplants 2’ apart. Cabbage can be planted closer, while kale and collards should be set a little further apart. 

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