Sacramento is blessed with long, hot summers and mild, temperate winters, meaning we can grow our own year 'round.
However, most home gardeners forget about the delicious, nutritious and hardy vegetables which thrive when the temperatures drop.
Here are four compelling reasons to give cool-season veggies a try this fall!
Keep The Beds Clean
Rather than letting your vegetable beds become overrun with weeds throughout the winter, try planting cool-season crops! If you are selective about crop-rotation, the quality of your soil can actually be improved by continuing to grow veggies during the winter months. Click the button below to learn more about how to rotate your crops to maximize your yield.
They're Easy Peasy
Cooler temperatures means fewer pests, making it easier to maintain your garden organically. Slugs and Snails are usually the biggest culprit for crop damage in the winter, and they can be easily controlled by lining your beds or containers with copper tape. You'll find copper tape in the Garden Solutions department of any Green Acres Nursery & Supply.
Nutritious & Delicious
Leafy greens such as Kale, Swiss Chard and Spinach are high in vitamins and antioxidants, boosting your immunity through the cold & flu season. Cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts contain a substance called glucosinolates, which have been found to reduce your risk for certain types of cancer.
Fewer Food Miles
Food miles are the distance that your food has traveled to get to you. By buying your veggies plants from your local nursery and growing them in your backyard, you are reducing the environmental impact of fuel consumption caused by transporting food long distances (AKA your "carbon footprint")
Green Acres Nursery & Supply sources all of our vegetables from local growers such as Eisley's Nursery in Auburn, Kawahara Nurseries in Morgan Hill and Fredriks Nursery in Ripon. By sourcing our vegetable starters locally, we are:
- Helping sustain fellow independent nurseries in our local economy
- Providing you with plants that are well-acclimated to the area
- Ensuring that your veggie starters are fresh, giving them a head start in your garden
Ready to start growing your own?
Here's a list of what vegetables you can plant when for the Sacramento Area: