Home Farming Challenge – Cool Weather Vegetable Planting

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Having spent the majority of my life living in Illinois, I know how unpredictable spring weather can be. As eager as I was to begin planting all of my vegetables after constructing our raised bed farm, I quickly learned that our drastic weather changes in the past few weeks were not going to cooperate with my tomato planting plans. Instead, I used the Home Farming Vegetable & Herb Guide to learn about which vegetables would grow best during these cooler weeks.

There are three vegetables I discovered that thrive in this cooler weather and they just happen to be three of my absolute favorite vegetables to cook – broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Looking at the HomeFarming.com Planting Guide I discovered that these vegetables will do well in our cool Spring months and likely won’t be ready to harvest until late summer, at which time I’ll be making good use of the cabbage for my mother’s stuffed cabbage rolls recipe.

Having divided our raised bed farm into 3 sections, I used one of the legs of our L-shaped farm bed for planting broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and two rows of red and yellow onions.

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One the opposite end of my raised bed farm, I created an area just for fresh herbs to use throughout the summer to add fresh flavors into our family meals. In fact, I started using the rosemary last week when I sprinkled some of the fresh leaves on top of our broccoli cheddar chicken crescent braid.

You may have noticed that our herbs have grown far beyond what would have been expected from the seeds I started weeks ago. Well, living the life of “3 Kids and Us”, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of our toddlers got into the seeds and pulled all of the new sprouts. Knowing it would be nearly impossible to keep the delicate seedlings away from our curious toddlers, I decided to purchase more mature herbs that were ready for planting.

home farming herb garden

Unfortunately, our seedlings weren’t the only casualty in the past weeks. Due to heavy rains and winds, my sweet basil plant died as well. Thankfully, my wonderful mother brought over some of her mint to transplant into my farm.

In the coming weeks I’ll start working on filling the rest of our farm space which will include bell peppers and my personal favorite, tomatoes! Until then, I hope you’ll take a moment to join the Triscuit Home Farming Community where you can track your farming progress, ask farming questions and use the plethora of farming resources at your fingertips.

Also, if you’ve started a home farm whether it is in containers, a ground plot or a raised bed like mine, I’d love to hear about the progress you’re making!

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DisclosureThis is a compensated, sponsored post for Triscuit. All ideas, thoughts, experiences are my own. Be sure to check out my posts as well as the other bloggers participating in this challenge on Better Homes and Garden’s Home Farming Challenge page.


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  1. So funny to think of cool-weather planting; we’re in the 90s already and I planted stuff that I knew could tolerate the heat!

    BUT . . . I am planning on doing a fall garden (in Oct/Nov) for those plants (like broccoli) that I can’t grow in the summer. I also want to do a winter/early spring garden of lettuces.

    Can’t wait!

    Thanks for the tip about the Home Farming site for finding out when to grow things where.

    • Rachel, I think we’re the only ones still stuck in winter mode. Right now we keep bouncing between 50 degrees and today it’s getting into the 80’s. Last week we had a frost if you can believe it. At this point I hope the weather stays cool because these plants are just taking off.

  2. You are doing great! I never had a successful garden. I can’t even imagine growing broccoli! You are a talented chef AND gardener now! And they all make for beautiful pictures!

  3. Your garden markers look very cute in your garden. I planted some seeds a little over a week ago. Not sure if they are going to sprout, but I am hoping so.

  4. It’s so hard to plant anything right now. Last week we hit nearly 100 deg. and this week it’s 50 outside. Crazy weather! Your bed does look lovely though!

  5. Cauliflower is one of my favorites, too. I can’t wait to see what you cook with all of these amazing veggies/herbs (other than what you already have.)

    I always see cooking shows that talk about adding mint to food, is it good? I am a little hesitant to try it.

  6. Wow – I love your garden and I hope the weather gets warmer soon so everything will flourish for you!

  7. I don’t currently have a garden, but I have a small garden in our new home that I plan to cultivate. I’d love to grow some organic veggies and herbs for cooking. I’m very simple though, will start out very slowly since I never had a garden before. My dad always had the green thumb in our family.

    Sweet basil would be awesome.

  8. Terrific job and you never have to worry about recalls! ;)

  9. Here in Kansas the cool weather took a toll on our plants too. It was tough to see it happen. I am so glad your mom gave you a few more plants for your garden!!

  10. Raised beds are so cool. I have been thinking about building one of my own!

  11. Donna B. says:

    Will you come plant my garden? I’m just not motivated this year :(


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