When to Plant Vegetables?

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Knowing when to plant vegetables is just as important as knowing how to care for them. The wrong planting time can result in vegetables not maturing properly or growing poorly to produce a low harvest. Each group of vegetables has certain preferences for soil temperature, air temperature, water requirements and sunlight. The more a gardener knows about what plants like and don't like will result in better harvests and healthier plants.


Asparagus can be planted no earlier than three weeks before the last frost of the winter season. The best time for planting in the northern states is when Spring flowers are just starting to bloom. Gardeners in the southern states, with warm winters, should plant in the Fall or early Winter.

Bush Beans/Pole Beans

Beans should be started when the soil temperature reaches 15.6 degrees C (F). This is generally about three to four weeks after the last frost.


Beets can be planted three weeks before the last frost. Beets can be planted in succession. A second planting will result in another harvest in late fall.


Broccoli should be planted as soon as the soil warms up, late May or early June. This will result in a quality fall harvest.


The best planting time for cabbage is in early Spring. The soil temperature should be at least 15.6 degrees C. A second planting, two weeks later, will produce a Fall crop for Winter storage.


Tomatoes should be planted in late April or early May. The soil temperature should be around 18.3 degrees C and the night temperatures should not be below 7.22 degrees C.

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