These cool season vegetables can be grown anywhere in the world where and when the days do not get above 80F, below 28F, and there are at least 6 hours of daylight.

Here in the Southwest – that means that you plant them in the Autumn and grow them through the Winter.  Depending on where you live, you may be able to plant again in January and Febuary and get an extra crop before heat arrives.  See my article about Growing Cool Season Vegetables – here.

Cole or Brassica Crops

Anything in this group should NOT be planted in the same soil each year.  This means you need to rotate your planting.  If your garden is too small – consider growing these in containers.
broccoli (Brassica oleracea, Italica Group)
leaf broccoli, leaf (Brassica oleracea)
broccoli raab (Brassica rapa subsp. rapa )
Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea, Gemmifera Group)
cabbage (Brassica oleracea, Capitata Group)
cauliflower (Brassica oleracea, Botrytis Group)
Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa, Pekinensis Group)
choy or choi cabbages (Brassica rapa, Chinensis Group)
kale (Brassica oleracea, Acephala Group)
kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea, Gongylodes Group)
mizuna (Brassica rapa var. japonica)
turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapa)
rutabaga (Brassica napobrassica)
tatsoi (Brassica rapa var. narinosa)


General Crops

arugula (Eruca sativa, also sold as Eruca versicaria)
beet (Beta vulgaris, Crassa Group)
carrot (Daucus carota var. sativus)
celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)
celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum)
chard (Beta vulgaris, Cicla Group)
chickpea or garbanzo (Cicer arietinum)

fennel, bronze (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce)
fennel, bulbing (Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum)

garlic (Allium sativum varieties)

onions & scallions (Allium ssp.) – best planted in January
bulbing onions (Allium cepa var. cepa)
Japanese bunching onion (Allium fistulosum)
multiplier onions (Allium cepa var. aggregatum)
scallions (Allium cepa var. cepa)
shallots (Allium cepa var. aggregatum)

parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
pea (Pisum sativum)
potato (Solanum tuberosum)
radish (Raphanus sativus)
radish, Daikon (Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus)


Greens for Cool Season

arugula (Eruca sativa, also sold as Eruca versicaria)

upland cress (Barbarea verna)
curly cress (Lepidium sativium)
watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
European spinach (Spinaceia oleracea) (NOT New Zealand spinach)
lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
mache (Valerianella locusta) also called corn salad or lambs lettuce
mesclun mix: mixed seed
microgreens: mixed seed
mizuna (Brassica rapa var. japonica) – note this is a Cole crop – see above
mustard (Brassica juncea) – note this is a Cole crop – see above
orach (Atriplex hortensis)
sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
tatsoi (Brassica rapa var. narinosa) – note this is a Cole crop – see above

Cool Season Herbs

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