The Rockdale Gardener

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Why are my cool season vegetables not growing?

There are several reasons why your cool season veggies have not grown sufficiently this fall.

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Cool Season vegetables fall 2014. Plants this year are stunted from the weather. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers maintain a charitable vegetable garden in Rockdale County, GA

Timing – Hopefully you planted it at the correct time. If you plant late then they will be behind.

Planting Dates for Various Vegetables 

Asparagus (Roots) November                    Garlic 8/15 — 12/15

Beans (Bush) 7/01 — 8/06                            Kale 8/01 — 8/15

Beans (Pole) 7/01 — 8/01                             Lettuce 8/15 — 9/15

Beans (Lima) 7/01 — 8/01                            Mustard 8/06 — 9/15

Beets 8/01 — 9/06                                           Onions 8/15 — 12/15

Broccoli 7/15 — 8/15                                       Peas (Green) 8/01 — 10/01

Cabbage 8/01 — 9/15                                     Potatoes (Irish) 7/15 — 8/01

Cantaloupe 8/01 — 9/01

Carrots 8/06 — 9/01                                        Radish (Winter) 8/15 — 10/01

Cauliflower 7/15 — 8/15                               Spinach 8/15 — 10/01

Chard 7/15 — 9/15                                          Squash (Bush) 7/15 — 8/06

Collards 7/15 — 9/15                                      Tomato 6/01 — 8/01

Cucumber 7/06 — 8/15                                 Turnips 8/01 — 9/01

 

Weather – There have been relatively few hours of sunlight for the plants to grow due to the number of days that have been cloudy. There is little we can do about this fact

Fertilizer –  Rain leeches nutrients from the soil, especially nitrogen so they likely have too little fertilizer to grow. Excessive water in the soil can rot roots as well. I would fertilize the plants again and hope we get some sunny weather in the next couple of weeks.

Cold – The plants will continue to grow into the winter. Frost shouldn’t hurt them too bad although deep freezes, below say 28F will cause damage. If you can cover your beds on super cold nights, that would protect the plants.