Trim your grocery budget this year by growing your own vegetables. Follow these tips to know what to plant when in your garden.
Higher Elevations and Coldest Northern regions: Plant seeds or seedlings of cool-season crops including radish, pea, lettuce, and greens. For broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, plant seedlings only.
Lower Elevations and Warmer regions: Your last average frost date is this month. Check with a local garden center if you're unsure the correct date. When danger of frost is past, plant seedlings of warm-season vegetables and herbs, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and basil.
For all elevations and regions: Plant potatoes and perennial vegetables, such as rhubarb, strawberry, and asparagus.
Wait two to three weeks before sowing seeds of heat-loving varieties such as corn, squash, green beans, cucumbers, and melons. (This also includes heat-loving flowers, such as zinnia, marigolds, and cosmos.)
Test Garden Tip: You know soil is warm enough (60F) for heat-loving crops when you can walk on it barefoot. This temperature typically occurs about two weeks after your last average frost date.
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