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When Is the Best Time to Plant Different Vegetables?

04 August 2016

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Everybody with a good-looking lawn, or the opportunity to being available to him or her, eventually ventures in gardening. It is a productive way to spend your time: it is relaxing, takes your mind off everything but planting and watering and weeding, and you can absorb yourself in an activity that literally proves productive, providing you with fresh food and produce for your fridge and cooking. If you never essayed in gardening before, you need some advice, and you need to know where to start. Or, when to start, rather. The question of when is one that plagues many amateur gardeners’ minds as some people do start whenever they feel like they should and soon find their crops withering because of the seedlings are exposed to the wrong season. Luckily, you can get advice on how to get the season right. There are several types of crop which you have to get acquainted with and then you can figure the rest out for yourself.

Warm-Season Crops

Such plants cannot withstand the cold of winter and therefore should be planted somewhere around late April, when the last of the winter frost is gone and well away. Frost will bite into the seed and kill its growth long before it gets to ripening. These crops need the spring and summer’s long and warm days to ripen and grow the perfect crop. Warm-season vegetables are tomatoes, cucumber, beans, onions, eggplants, corn, peppers, pumpkins, watermelons, and others. Plant them no earlier than March and no later than April.

Cold-Season Crops

Yes, some plants do need the cold to grow properly. They are used to cooler environment and grow better in lower temperatures as the warmth causes them to flower and set seed. And if they were actually flowers, that would be all fine and well, but when they flower, the plants taste bitter and sour, and the leaves get tougher and mostly inedible. Cabbage, broccoli, peas, lettuce, carrots, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts are all vegetables you definitely want grown during a cold season, and therefore planted somewhere around autumn. When October comes, let the seeding begin for any of these plants.

Double Season Crops

Of course, there are plants that can be grown during two seasons as some of the seasons provide roughly the same temperature. In many regions, spring and autumn are pretty much the same season if we take away the colour scheme, and plants do not care for colour, so only the temperature matters. Peas, lettuce, and some root crops can be planted in early spring, ready for harvest before the big summer heat, and can also be planted late summer and harvested before the winter frosts come. If the region you live in has standard season lengths, you can make use of these crops.

Greenhouse Vegetables

And then, there is the option of stripping the season option away. You can create your own greenhouse instead and grow vegetables from any season, provided you can create the environment they need. This takes some experience in gardening, and you need to be acquainted with all the equipment a gardener may need like artificial lightening, the different fertilizer types, watering systems, etc. Get used to standard gardening and then venture into greenhouse difficulty.

And there you have it. Depending on what kind of climate zone you live in and what you can make of it, you should be able to grow most vegetables. You just need to know what temperatures your region offers and what kind of plant is best suited for it. After that, start planting, learn about weed control, and get used to garden maintenance to make the best garden you can.

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