Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Cold Crops

It's that time of year to start planning which cold crops I will be growing. I am going to be growing some new varieties and some old to me varieties. The new varieties I will mark with a star. I am going to start some of my seeds the Winter Sown method and the rest I will direct sow when the ground can be worked. Every year I plant cauliflower and I don't have luck, but I am determined to get it right. Here is a list of the varieties I will be growing.

Di Ciccio*
Sun King*
Early Purple Sprouting (this will be started later and planted in July)*
Purple Peacock Broccoli (kale and broccoli cross I will plant in Fall)*
Romanesco (Fall crop)*

Purple of Sicily*
Green Harmony (Fall crop)*
Snowball Y Improved*
Winter Dream*

Cour di Bue*
January King (Fall crop)*

Purple Russian*


Chinese Cabbage
Soloist Cabbage*
Bilko F1 Cabbage*
Pechay Pak Choi*
Michihili Cabbage (Fall crop)*

Golden Sweet
Carouby de Maussane
Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers*

Walla Walla*
Red Long of Tropea*
Blood Red Onion of Bassano*
Sweet Spanish Utah*

 This is Deadon cabbage I grew in 2012.


  1. Cauliflower is tricky, you just never know. Some years it does well and others....not so good. Don't give up! I'll be starting my broccoli this weekend.

    1. Hi Robin! I am so glad to hear from you. I have been checking with Dora now and then about you and you have been in my thoughts. Blogging hasn't been the same without having your posts to look at! I actually was checking out your posts yesterday pertaining to cold crops to see when you start sowing and transplanting. Glad to have you back and hope all is well! Happy gardening :)

    2. I forgot to ask you Robin if you winter sow or do you start them indoors?

  2. I've never tried winter sowing. Let us know how it works out for you.

  3. Ha! My wife loves Cauliflower but it is so much work to grow that I have never gone around to growing it. Best wishes in your Cauliflower endevors. You are growing them from seed then? If so - don't they take quite a long season to grow?

    1. I am trying them from seed this year because every other year I bought transplants and I did not have success. I was told by some gardeners that cauliflower is fussy and that it is best grown by seed. I am going to try winter sowing the seeds and see if I have better luck. I will keep you posted.

  4. Totally messed up! I was looking at my planting schedule for February! I won't be starting broccoli until then!

    1. I was wondering about that, but then I thought maybe you know something I don't and that is why your broccoli grows so nice lol.

    2. Do you start your cauliflower seeds the same time as your broccoli?

    3. I start my cauliflower about 2 weeks later.

  5. Pretty cabbage...pretty enough to line the driveway in the front yard. Looking forward to following you this spring/summer.