There are two different types of garden vegetables:
cool season vegetables and warm season vegetables.
Cool season vegetables require cool soil and
air temperatures to grow, and most will survive
a light frost. Cool season vegetables include:
beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower,
lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, and
The warm season vegetables require warm soil
and air temperatures to grow, and most will not
survive a light frost. Warm season vegetables
include: beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, eggplant,
melons, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes,
watermelon, and zucchini.
Understandably, the planting times for garden
vegetables provided on most planting charts and
seed packets should be used as guidelines. Always
factor in the expected warming of the soil and
other conditions specific to your region.
Plant root vegetables such as radishes, onions,
potatoes and carrots in April. Radishes will be
ready to harvest as soon as 30 days, potatoes
can take up to 150.
Lettuce and cabbage may be planted in April, but
cauliflower and broccoli should wait until May.
Pumpkins, Squash and Melons
These should be planted in May, and will take
four to five months to grow enough for harvest.
Corn should be planted in May, and new plants
can join the garden every two weeks. Harvest time
is two to three months.
Plant peas in April and they will be ready for
harvest in 60 days. You can add new pea plants
every two weeks after the original planting.
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