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Successful vegetable gardening starts with knowing how and when to plant. The how is taken care of in the main seed starting pages , the when we tackle right here.
Timing is one of the most important factors in gardening, it doesn’t matter how green your thumbs are, if vegetables are sown or planted at the wrong time of the year or season the results can be disappointing and soul destroying. Understanding the different vegetable types and the right seasons to plant them is the key to better vegetable gardening.
Vegetable plants can be broken roughly into two types, cool season vegetables and warm season vegetables. Within these two groups each can be further categorized into two other groups.
These four groups form the basis for all the vegetable planting guides on this site.
Are usually either frost hardy or semi frost hardy. These vegetables prefer cool growing temp........
Are either frost tender or very frost tender. The vegetables that fall into this category love warmth and the sun, require growing temp...........
You will find all the information you will need regarding vegetable garden planting and when to plant seeds and seedlings in the quick reference guide on the main page for each vegetable. However for planning purposes is often easier to see all the vegetables listed together.
The 1st section is what and when to sow seeds indoors to produce seedlings that will transplant later to the garden.
Here you will find the when and in what order you can sow and plant your seeds and seedling outdoors.
There are two things that help in the final decision of when to plant certain vegetable in your area.
The average frost free date in the spring and the first killing frost date in the fall being the first points of preference and are used:
To find the last average frost free date (FFD) for your area follow this link.
The final point of reference is soil temperature. Soil temperature is by far the best indicator for the actual, when to plant, vegetable seeds and seedlings outdoors regardless of which climate zone you live.