Carrots and other cool season vegetables

Upper Gulf Coast gardeners can grow a wide range of cool-season vegetables including beets, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, carrots (pictured), collards, kale, Irish potatoes, onions, spinach, turnips, peas ... and the list goes on.

Most people think of gardening as a spring and summer activity. As I walked through the Discovery Garden in Carbide Park last week on a cool and sunny morning, I was inspired by the abundance of cool-season vegetables being grown — beets, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, carrots, collards, kale, Irish potatoes, onions, spinach, turnips, peas ... and the list goes on.

While this fall has been cool enough to support good growth of cool-season vegetables, several tomato plants in the Discovery Garden are still thriving and have a heavy load of green fruit as we near the Thanksgiving holiday.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

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