With November just around the corner, the "cool season" is officially upon us. Southern California's fall weather is particularly schizophrenic. Our "cool season" is commonly punctuated with random heat waves. So, what's a gardener to do? How does one take advantage of our idyllic climate? Can one grow "cool season crops" in the southland? The answer is a resounding, "Yes!"
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With November just around the corner, the "cool season" is officially upon us. Never-mind the fact that we've just experienced record-breaking heat with two Santa Ana events interspersed with tropical storms.... Certainly we can all agree that Southern California has somewhat volatile weather during the fall. In fact, our "cool season" is commonly punctuated with random heat waves. So, what's a gardener to do? How does one take advantage of our idyllic climate? Can one grow "cool season crops" in the southland? The answer is a resounding, "Yes!"
Tips for Sweet Success
Select seasonally appropriate varieties
Pearson's Gardens has long championed the concept of planting seasonally appropriate varieties during the proper time of the year. Cool season plants thrive when the temperature drops and the daylength shortens. In many cases these factors initiate brighter colors, sweeter flavors, and stocky heading.
Plant heat tolerant, cool season varieties
The growers at Pearson's Gardens take care of this detail for you by selecting heat tolerant, bolt-resistant varieties for all seasons. Choose from our vast array of greens, root crops, crucifers, winter veggies and herbs. Expand your palate with Asian, European, and American Heirloom selections. They will all be sweeter and milder grown during the cool season, as opposed to summertime.
Strategize planting time
Plant throughout fall to benefit from warm, sunny days that stimulate growth and rapid root development. Larger plants yield larger harvests. Plant heading vegetables in the fall, well in advance of the mid-winter chill. When Jack Frost arrives later in the winter, your mature plants will benefit from the cold nights, and you'll reap the rewards of larger, tighter heads and sweeter harvests throughout your garden.