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Cool and Warm Season Vegetables

June 9, 2013

The largest response I ever had to any of my articles was yesterday when I decided to include gardening as part of the topics to be covered here at Libertario and so like a good free market capitalist, where there is a demand I will meet it with the supply. The supply today will be another article on gardening that I hope will help current and future gardeners and all those who want to live a little more self-sufficient than before. This time the topic will be in regards to vegetables and what their needs are for growth.

Vegetables need a certain range of temperatures in order to grow well. Spinach thrive in cool days of early spring. Tomatoes and peppers, on the other hand, resent cool temperatures and simply wont grow until summer days begin to heat up.

So lets start by covering the cool-season vegetables which are vegetables that thrive in temperatures between -4ºC to 16ºC. The length of time cool weather lingers differs every year and depends on what region of the world you are located in.

How you plant these vegetables also depends on whether you have a plot of land which in that case you would plant them in staggered sowings or whether you have a patio deck type of garden which staggered sowing would not apply. The growth rate of the plants also increase or decrease depending on temperatures warming or cooling and changes in moisture concentrations.

So what are some of the cool-season crops? Here is a brief list but certainly not extensive and they are as follows: arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, kale, lettuce, radishes, parsnips and spinach.

Warm-season vegetables can also be called outdoor season vegetables as the cool-season vegetables would eventually have to be grown indoors through the winter season. During the summer months the soil is warm enough to foster the growth of tender seeds, and tomato and pepper plants explode with life.

Some of the cool weather plants that can thrive as the season turns hot are carrots, potatoes, and Swiss chard. The best growing environment for tomatoes are in tropical seasons where during the nighttime the temperature is at least 15 degrees cooler than it was during the day.

Keeping so many plants with such different likes and dislikes happy in one garden is a bit of a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a daunting one. What all these plants have in common is that they thrive in evenly moist soil rich in organic matter and bathed in sunshine. There are some subtleties to master, but they make the resulting accomplishments that much sweeter.


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