Select vigorous plants at the market

Instead of growing plants indoors, you may want to buy them. Choose plants that are the desired cultivar, free from disease, vigorous, stocky and dark green in color. Purchase plants only when you can set them in the garden right away and the danger of frosts or chilling temperatures is past.

You can separate vegetable crops into two groups— (1) crops that germinate and grow in cool soil during cool weather and are not seriously injured by moderate chilling or light frosts, and (2) crops that need warm soil to germinate and grow and can be seriously injured by exposure to cool weather or light frost.

Examples of cool-weather crops include beet, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cel

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