When to plant vegetables in the garden is usually defined by
the season. Vegetables have different growing seasons depending on the
In the northern areas of the country you have 3 seasons,
the cool season, warm season and the cold season. In warmer areas you may have
a cool and warm season.
If you plant in all the seasons it is possible to have a
year round garden.
Cool season vegetables can be planted May through June in
northern areas and September through November in warmer areas such as southern
California and Florida.
Cool season vegetables need cool soil and air temperatures. Early spring or late fall usually provide the right temperatures. These vegetables are leafy greens and root vegetables. The plant leaf, flower or root is eaten.
Warm season vegetables are planted in the summer after the temperatures have risen and warmed the soil and air and all danger of frost is gone.
These vegetables produce fruit and the fruit is eaten. Plant these vegetables June through July in northern areas and May through August in warmer areas.
If you have a longer growing season it is possible to have a third planting in the late summer as the weather begins to cool down. It is time to switch back to the early spring crops.
Start planting these again when the summer heat starts to abate around the end of August. I you have a mild winter these vegetables will thrive during the early winter months.
If you live in snow country where the
ground freezes you will need offer protection when the temperature start to
fall below freezing. A row cover or unheated hoop house can protect the
vegetables so that they can be harvested later.
Get out and start planting. It is fun to see the seeds
come up and each time you plant you will get better and better at determining
what you need to make your vegetable garden successful in the area you live.
The growing vegetable section will cover individual vegetable and how to plant them. When to plant vegetables in your area will depend on the outside temperatures but vegetable are quite adaptable and will thrive in a wide range of soils and temperatures.
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