Vegetable gardening is an excellent way to save money and produces an abundant amount of fresh vegetables. Different vegetables need to planting at different times of the year. Some vegetables need to be planted during cooler conditions during the spring, others a few weeks after the last frost and some at the end of the summer.
Some cool season plants can be planted as soon as February or March, depending on where you live. They can survive in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t worry about them sleeping in frost, they actually need the cold so that they can complete their dormancy and after that they will blossom with full force. You can plant these about two to four weeks prior to the last frost date. Cool season plants include asparagus, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, peas, lettuce, onions, chard, kale, and collard.
Most of the rest of your vegetables can be planted about two weeks after the last frost date. This includes tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, pole beans, different types of squash, eggplant, peppers, artichokes, and watermelon. These plants cannot survive the frost and thrive best in warmer temperatures, above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the planting is complete after the final frosts of winter so that the plant can immediately start growing. These plants also require a lot of weed control, so make sure to keep an eye on them and provide necessary assistance.
You can also plant vegetables towards mid to late summer for a fall garden. Mulching your garden is a good idea all summer long because it protects the roots and helps keep moisture in. However, it is crucial to a fall garden because of falling temperatures. Planting new seeds in July to August (depending on where you live this may change a bit) will produce a new yield of vegetables in the fall. You can plant winter squashes, peas, salad greens, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onions, spinach and radishes in your fall vegetable garden. This way, you will have access to fresh vegetables from your garden all summer long and during the fall and winter months.
Vegetable gardening takes a lot of time, care, and knowledge. The first step is knowing what you are going to plant and when to plant it to produce the best yield. It is possible to have more than one harvest if your planning is right. Reliable gardening will get you anywhere, and even if you think that you cannot manage it, then simply call your local gardening services and have experts come over and take care of the garden for you. Either way, creating the garden will definitely be a big plus in the products and workability area.