Beet it: Time to plant cool weather veggies again

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By Deb Quantock McCarey

Contributing reporter/Nature blogger

I used to think that some of the veggie seeds I planted in the Spring, and am harvesting now, were one and dones.

That's just not true, because salad crops such as lettuce, spinach, and cabbages, as well as a few root crops, can be resown now.

Last year I did successive plantings, and learned that I really like beets, especially grilled.

These cool weather plants, a.k.a. the garden greens and hardy root veggies, including beets, carrots and Kohlrabi, are some of the ones that thrive through an early frost and late Fall temps.

Here's another cool factoid:  radishes can be sown once a month until they stop producing, usually after the first fall frost.

At least, that is among the tips that I took away from my gardening bud, John Seaton, who is the former manager of the Oak Park Conservatory.  Last August we chatted about this, which was a couple of weeks late, so I am offering it now as a gentle push for anyone who loves eating fresh food from the garden into late October, and perhaps a bit beyond.

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