8 Cool Vegetables to Grow from Seeds

As the seasons change and temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time for gardening enthusiasts to shift their focus to cool-season vegetables. These hardy crops thrive in colder weather and can be grown from seeds, making them an excellent choice for both experienced and novice gardeners. In this blog post, we’ll explore eight cool season vegetables that you can grow from seeds, with a special focus on Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Beets.

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is a beloved cool-season vegetable known for its delicious, tender florets and numerous health benefits. To grow broccoli from seeds, start by sowing them indoors 7–9 weeks before the last frost date for spring crops, and 10–12 weeks before the first fall frost. Transplant the seedlings to your garden beds once they are strong enough. Broccoli thrives in well-drained soil and requires regular watering. Be sure to harvest the central head while it’s still tight for the best flavor.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is a versatile cool-season vegetable that comes in various shapes and colors. Plant cabbage seeds directly in your garden or start them indoors before the last frost. They prefer rich, fertile soil and consistent moisture. Cabbages are excellent for coleslaw, stir-fries, or making sauerkraut.

3. Spinach

Spinach is a nutrient-packed leafy green that can be grown from seeds throughout the cool season. Sow the seeds directly in the garden or in containers. Spinach prefers cool temperatures and partial shade, making it an ideal choice for early spring and late fall. Harvest the tender leaves for fresh salads or sautéed dishes.

4. Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is a vibrant and nutritious leafy green that thrives in cool weather. Plant Swiss Chard seeds in well-drained soil with plenty of compost. The colorful stems and tender leaves are not only delicious but also make an attractive addition to your garden. Harvest the outer leaves to encourage continuous growth.

5. Beets

Beets are a versatile root vegetable that can be grown from seeds in cool weather. Sow beet seeds directly into the garden soil, and ensure consistent moisture for optimal growth. You can harvest beets when they reach the desired size, but baby beets are a delicacy. Don’t forget to use the nutritious beet greens in your cooking as well.

6. Carrots

Carrots are a classic cool-season vegetable that is easy to grow from seeds. Sow carrot seeds directly into well-prepared soil, ensuring it’s free of rocks and debris to allow the roots to grow straight. Carrots can be left in the ground until needed, making them a convenient addition to your garden.

7. Kale

Kale is a hardy leafy green that thrives in cool temperatures. Plant kale seeds directly in the garden or in containers, and they’ll produce nutrient-packed leaves that can be harvested throughout the season. Kale is not only healthy but also versatile, making it a favorite ingredient in smoothies, salads, and soups.

8. Radishes

Radishes are quick-growing cool-season vegetables that add a zesty crunch to salads and dishes. Sow radish seeds directly in the garden, and they’ll be ready for harvest in as little as 25 days. Their fast growth makes them an excellent choice for impatient gardeners.

Growing cool-season vegetables from seeds can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for any gardener. Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Beets are just a few of the delightful options available. Whether you have a small backyard garden or a spacious allotment, these vegetables can thrive in cooler temperatures, ensuring you have a bountiful harvest even during the colder months. So, get your gardening gloves on and start sowing those seeds for a season filled with delicious and nutritious produce.

Additionally, if you’re looking for a wide variety of cool-season vegetable seeds, consider ordering from one of my personal favorite seed catalog companies, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Their collection of heirloom seeds includes an array of unique and flavorful options that can make your cool-season garden truly special.

In fact, I have some exciting news! I’ve invited my friend, Jere from Baker Creek Seeds, to join us on our upcoming Lunch and Learn Tour at Moss Mountain Farm on March 28th. Jere is an expert in the world of heirloom seeds and gardening, and he’ll be sharing his invaluable tips for growing and starting a cool-season vegetable garden. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss, so I hope you can join us for a day of learning, inspiration, and of course, the joy of gardening!