Spring Vegetable Garden Planting Times

A spring vegetable garden is a great source for many delicious foods, like peas, broccoli and tomatoes. As long as your spring vegetable garden planting times are correct, you should have a bountiful harvest all summer long. Just remember that cool season vegetables need cool weather and warm season vegetables need warm weather. Soon your spring vegetable garden will yield plenty of produce.

Late Winter/Early Spring

Start cool season vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and lettuce indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. This will give them time to develop into nice sizable transplants before you place them outside.

Mid Spring

Plant cool season vegetable transplants outside about 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost when the daytime temperatures are stable at 40 degrees F at the least. Cool season vegetables need the cold air to grow well and develop nice full flavors. Start spring vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelon and squash indoors at the date of the last frost. This will give them time to become healthy transplants before you set them out in your spring vegetable garden.

Late Spring

Plant warm season vegetables outside at least 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost. Wait until the daily temperatures are at least 60 degrees F and there are no cool breezes to stunt the growth of the transplants. Sow other warm season vegetables directly into the ground at this time as well, such as corn and beans.

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