How do I Get Cool Weather Crops to Grow in the Summer?

Broccoli seedlings in the box bed.  Move the mulch away as soon as they sprout.“… cool weather crops include leafy vegetables such as lettuce, chard and spinach, root crops including carrots and beets and cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. These vegetables are highest in quality when they mature in the cool fall weather. They are frost tolerant, so they are not damaged by light frosts in early fall. …”

via Many Garden Crops Thrive In Cool Weather.

The Hack: “… The biggest problem during hot, dry weather is getting seeds to germinate and emerge. Cover the seeds with a light mulch to keep the soil from crusting. Mulching materials include thin layers of grass clippings, vermiculite or peat moss. Watch carefully and when the seeds germinate, remove the mulch. …”

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