Growing Vegetables In Wisconsin

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

Plant hardiness zones and growing season lengths help us determine which vegetables are best suited for our area and when to plant them.  Our area is considered zone 5, which has a shorter growing season than warmer climates.  Of course, a bumper crop can still be harvested here with a well-timed start.  There are several options to consider, and Bloch’s Farm in Green Lake has plenty of seeds and seedlings for your vegetable garden needs!  We carry a full selection of seeds from Seed Savers, which is the largest seed exchange.  Seed Savers collect and grow rare and heirloom seeds, which are protected over generations. 

Perhaps you planted your seeds indoors to give them a head start.  If not, you can choose vegetable seeds that can be safely sown outdoors after the last frost in May and grown until the first frost in October.  Seed packets provide detailed information about “days to maturity” and the recommended planting time to help you choose varieties best suited to the length of the growing season.  It’s no fun to have beautiful tomatoes growing on the vines only to have frosty weather prevent them from ripening.  

You might also focus your growing efforts on cool season vegetables which tolerate and often prefer cooler soil and air temperatures.  These vegetable seeds need to be planted outdoors several weeks before the last frost in order to germinate and grow.  Many varieties of cool season vegetables need to complete their full growing cycle before it gets too warm or their quality deteriorates.  Excite your palate with a few of these cool season crops:  peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, cabbage, broccoli, and beets. 

Another option is to purchase seedlings.  Bloch’s Farm has done much of the hard work for you, and a vast variety of healthy vegetable plants are available for your gardening pleasure in greenhouse 8.  Before transplanting your seedlings outdoors, give them a week or two to become gradually acclimated to their new environment. 

Bloch’s Farm is now open to the public 7 days a week 8am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 4pm Sundays.  Don’t miss this weekend’s sale!  30% off Fairy Garden and Terrarium items!

To protect the safety of the public and our employees, we ask that health department guidelines be followed upon your visit to the farm:  Please stay home if you are not feeling well. Keep a 6’ distance from others and wear a mask.  Limit your party to 1-2 adults, and plan shopping ahead of time to stay focused and efficient.  For lengthy questions or discussions, consider contacting us first via email or phone.  Greenhouse occupancy limits will be posted at each entrance.  Limit unnecessary handling of plant material and other products.  Credit card payments are preferred at this time.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through new procedures to help everyone stay healthy.  

We also continue to offer online ordering and curbside pick-up or delivery.  For easy access to our website and online ordering, look for the “Shop Now” tab on Bloch’s Farm Facebook page or go directly to www.blochsfarm.com, and in the menu section choose “Shop Now.”  

To view a complete inventory list, choose the “Online Order Forms” tab in the menu section of the website.  Inventories are subject to availability.  If you have questions, feel free to call 920-294-6000 or email me at jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com.

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