There is no single guide to Proper planting time. When it’s prime tomato planting time in Georgia it is still weeks away from tomato planting time in Maine!
However most of the U.S. can plant at least a few of the cool weather garden vegetables in March.
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Beans (southern states)
Carrots (less than perfect soil? Plant the shorter fat type carrots)
Corn (southern states)
Potato (not sweet potato’s)
Before you buy or plant any vegetable Know the length of your growing season. Don’t plant a pepper that requires 175 days to maturity if your growing season is only 180 day’s. If you do you will be sadly disappointed with it’s performance. Hint: Add 7-10 days to the seed package ‘day’s to harvest’ to allow for the time required for your seed to germinate and start growing.
Proper timing is even more important when planning a fall garden crop. To insure a good fall crop, first subtract day till harvest from your first average frost date. Then subtract another 21 day to arrive at your proper planting date for your fall vegetable crop. A good rule of thumb is plant fall crops about the first of July for a good fall garden harvest.
My goal this year is to have fresh, vine ripe, home grown watermelon and home grown pork ribs for our 4th of July BBQ.
Why is common sense so uncommon?
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