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The Secrets To
Vegetable Garden Planting

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Vegetable Garden Planting

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 Types

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.

Cool season vegetables

Are usually either frost hardy or semi frost hardy. These vegetables prefer cool growing temp........

Warm season vegetables

Are either frost tender or very frost tender. The vegetables that fall into this category love warmth and the sun, require growing temp...........

Planting Guides

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.

Indoor seed planting guide

The 1st section is what and when to sow seeds indoors to produce seedlings that will transplant later to the garden.

Vegetable planting guide

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.

  • Frost Free Date
  • Soil Temperature

Frost Free Date

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:

  • As an approximate date for starting seeds indoors to plan for transplanting your seedlings outside
  • The first fall killing frost date is a reference point to calculate when in midsummer to sow and plant crops that can be harvested through the fall into early winter.

To find the last average frost free date (FFD) for your area follow this link.

Soil Temperature

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.

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