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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Vegetables to Plant Now

Overhead view of a segment of a planting pot with small green sprouts emerging from black dirt
Reya Veltman [via Flickr]

For many, planting before Memorial Day is a big no-no in the Northland. While that rule is generally true for many crops, there are a few vegetables that can handle these cooler early days, and benefit from getting in the ground now.

"As soon as that soil temperature is consistently above 40 to 45 degrees you can be planting some of the cool season stuff," says Tom Kasper. In fact, getting some vegetables going now may help in avoiding some of the later warm temps that these same veggies don't particularly like.

Some vegetables that can be planted now are radishes, broccoli, peas, carrots, beets, onions, and cauliflower. "They will take even a little bit of frost," says Kasper. Though if the temps do drop under roughly 27 degrees, protecting those plants may be necessary.

You can hear Tips for Hardy Gardeners every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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