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Old 07-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default Good time to plant seeds for fall crop of beets, collards, kale, and kohlrabi?

When is the best time to plant seeds for a fall crop? I'm just south of the New Hampshire border but on the coast. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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The Old Farmer's Almanac puts you mid-July to mid-August. From my experience, I'd go earlier rather than later in that range, if you have adequate moisture. Which means... get busy!
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Just read the packets as to when they mature and count back from your FIRST expected frost date to see if there is enough time for them to mature. Some of the more hardy veggies like brussels and the koles (Sp.?) can take a few frosts to boot and actually become more sweet!
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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Just read the packets as to when they mature and count back from your FIRST expected frost date to see if there is enough time for them to mature. Some of the more hardy veggies like brussels and the koles (Sp.?) can take a few frosts to boot and actually become more sweet!
What ABOUT KOHLRABI AND COLLARDS? DO THEY ALSO GET SWEETER AFTER THE FIRST FROST?? BROCCOLI?
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I'm also sowing for fall this year. Peas (one of our favorites) need to go in asap since they take longer to mature in fall than in spring. I've already sown cabbage, but that takes a while, 90-100 days. I'm sowing turnips and kohlrabi the last weekend in July (next week already...yikes!). I agree with Benj1 that now would be a good time to start!
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What ABOUT KOHLRABI AND COLLARDS? DO THEY ALSO GET SWEETER AFTER THE FIRST FROST?? BROCCOLI?
Yes, I believe so, for kohlrabi and broccoli. Unfortunately I don't know anything about collards.
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I'm also sowing for fall this year. Peas (one of our favorites) need to go in asap since they take longer to mature in fall than in spring. I've already sown cabbage, but that takes a while, 90-100 days. I'm sowing turnips and kohlrabi the last weekend in July (next week already...yikes!). I agree with Benj1 that now would be a good time to start!
Thanks, Bee, I'll get right on it.
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What ABOUT KOHLRABI AND COLLARDS? DO THEY ALSO GET SWEETER AFTER THE FIRST FROST?? BROCCOLI?
Collards - from a County Agent in North Carolina
Harnett County: October 24, 2008 - Ask The Hort Agent

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Collard leaves taste sweeter after a frost, because they protect their leaf tissues from freezing by converting some stored starch into soluble sugars. The presence of the dissolved sugar lowers the temperature at which the plant sap will freeze by several degrees. Most people prefer the flavor of greens with increased sugar content.
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Everything I find says broccoli, kohlrabi and collard taste sweeter after a frost.


From Botanical Interests - not my first choice as a "source" because they sell seeds, but here's a list that might be useful for newbie gardeners.

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Light Frost - Temperatures 28-32 degrees F
Hard Frost - Temperatures below 28 degrees F.

Likely damaged by light frost: Beans, cucumbers, eggplants, muskmelon, New Zealand spinach, okra, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, amaranth, and winter squash (plants).
Can withstand light frost: Artichokes, beets, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chinese cabbage, endive, lettuce, parsnips, peas, swiss chard, escarole, arugula, bok choy, mache, and radicchio.
Can withstand hard frost: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, spinach, turnips, leeks, and sorrel.
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We had rain over night and light rain on and off all day...so, I took the time to plant several things for the fall. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have any kohlrabi seeds left. I even checked out the seeds still on display at a local grocery store--no kohlrabi... ...but I did pick up a packet of "short and sweet" carrots that I thought I'd give a try.

Every year I say I'm going to focus more on the vegetable garden and do better than last year...and yet, I'm still basically doing a half-assed job...okay, maybe I was a LITTLE better this year maybe it is a 6/10ths-assed job.
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