Cole crops are the common name for plants in the Brassica family, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, mustard greens, kale and kohlrabi. These are cool-weather loving plants that often perform best when planted in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Many are easy to grow, but require specific amounts of nutrients to truly thrive. Check the growing information for each variety to ensure you are providing the right environment for your plants. Try these favorites that are tried-and-true varieties for springtime.