Cool-weather plants are great to get the gardening started! Here’s a short list if you are not familiar with them:
Today we will take a look at a few that aren’t as popular as the list above:
Horseradish is believed to a native of east-central Europe. Used as a medieval medicine as well as a popular condiment on beef, horseradish as a long list of compounds that help fight disease.
Horseradish is a rugged, cold-hardy perennial that grows best where there’s enough of a winter to force the plants into dormancy.
Horseradish can become invasive in rich soil. Horseradish spreads easily, so it may be best to isolate it by planting in a container.
The most common issue a gardener faces with horseradish is not how to grow it, but how to keep it from growing where they don’t want it. To control its spread, remove the entire root, including its branches, when harvesting. DO NOT place roots in your compost pile, because then you risk growing it everywhere.
Horseradish likes sun, but tolerates light shade.
Good Housekeeping has a great article on Horseradish – how to grow it and prepare it. They say you can harvest after one year, but I have found around here in Utah it takes two years.
Arugula is another cool-weather annual crop. It is also a pretty plant. It likes temperatures from 45 to 65 degrees. Cooler temperatures produce the best or sweeter tasting leaves. Older leaves taste somewhat bitter compared to the young leaves.
Sow seeds in the garden as soon as it can be worked. Arugula requires about 40 days before harvesting. Keep plants evenly watered. Arugula likes aged compost.
Harvest by clipping from the bottom of the plant. Be sure to sow every couple of weeks for a continuous harvest.
Brussel Sprouts are another cool-weather garden vegetable. Be sure to check back for my Brussel Sprout information.