The northeast is known for its blizzard-impacted winters and short summer seasons. This type of climate makes it ideal for growing many cool weather crops.
Here are five vegetables that grow well in the northeast:
Beets grow best in loose, fertile soil that is slightly alkaline. They can be grown for both the leafy green tops and the delicious round root.
Most beet varieties obtain poor taste if harvested in warm temperatures, so growing them in the slightly cooler northeast is ideal for the best growth and taste.
Rhubarb is a perennial plant that is famous for making rhubarb pie and pudding. It grows well in soil temperatures that are between 40 and 75 degrees F which makes it almost a must in the northeast vegetable garden.
Rhubarb should not be harvested until the second or third year of growth, and can be divided after several years if it becomes overcrowded.
MacDonald rhubarb is an excellent choice for the northeast.
Although carrots can be grown successfully in a variety of climates, they grow very well in the northeast. Carrots have the best flavor when they receive a bit of frost, or allowed to overwinter.
Make sure the soil is loosen at least one foot deep for growing carrots so they have plenty of loose soil to grow in. To overwinter carrots simply trim the tops off a couple inches above the soil line, then cover with a thick layer of mulch for insulation.
Spinach grows best when seeds are sowed directly into the vegetable garden. Seeds can germinate in soils that are as low as 35 degrees F in temperature. Spinach grows very well in the cooler temperatures of the northeast, which help to reduce the chances of early bolting.
Spinach can be susceptible to flea beetles and aphids. Use floating row covers to keep these pests from accessing our spinach crop.
Kale is a member of the brassica plant family that tastes best when allowed to grow fast. It even holds up well during times of cold weather and snow.
Kale should be sown directly in the vegetable garden with well-amended soil. Flea beetles and cabbage worms can be a problem for kale. Use lightweight garden fabric to protect plants. Cabbage worms can be handpicked, or Thuricide can be used for heavy infestations.
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What other vegetables do you grow in your northeast vegetable garden?