What should I start growing?
“Depending on your geographical location, you will plant vegetables at different times,” Adams said. “Most gardening books say to plant cool-weather-loving vegetables as soon as the ground thaws. I plant cool-weather-loving vegetables about six weeks before our last frost and expect to have their harvest completed in late May.”
But what is a cool-weather-loving plant?
Cool-Weather-Loving Vegetables: Broccoli, spinach, collards, lettuce, turnip greens (and other leafy greens), leeks, garlic, carrots, beets, parsnips, English peas, potatoes.
Cool-Weather-Loving Herbs: Parsley, cilantro, chives, dill, chervil, lavender, thyme, fennel, sage.
Even if you miss the early-spring planting season, there are a few windows of opportunity ahead.
“I plant warm-weather-loving plants after the last expected frost,” Adams explains. “In late August, I plant the cool-weather-loving plants again and have a fall harvest. If you have very cold winters and short summers, you will plant everything at about the same time.”
Warm-Weather-Loving Vegetables: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, okra, beans, lima beans, crowder/Southern peas, sweet potatoes, corn, melons, squash, pumpkins.
Warm-Weather-Loving Herbs: Basil, Spanish tarragon, rosemary, lemongrass, lemon balm.
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