Cherokee Purple Tomato
- When to Plant Lettuce - If you start lettuce indoors you can transplant out to the garden about three to four weeks before the last frost date. I usually direct sow my lettuce about 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. I've had lettuce varieties that made it through our Tennessee winters which means we have a lot of flexibility with planting lettuce.
- When to Plant Radishes - Radishes are probably one of the easiest vegetables to grow and are great for children's gardens. You can plant radishes from seed right in the garden when the ground is ready to be worked! You can continue to plant radish every week to 10 days for continuous harvests. They like cool weather so once the hot summer weather comes you're radishes are about done.
- When to Plant Corn - Plant corn after the last frost date. Corn needs about 80-90 days depending on the variety to produce. You may even be able to plant corn a week to ten days earlier than the last frost. This is because it takes the seed time to germinate and emerge from the soil. I haven't had great luck with corn - mostly because of racoons. Plant corn in blocks to insure good pollination.
- Pole beans continue to produce over a long season. If you are planting bush beans then you need to plan for successive plantings. Bush beans produce a large crop all at one time then are done. It's a good idea to plant a combination of the two to insure a good harvest throughout the season. In both cases of beans you should wait until after the frost to plant outdoors!
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Friday, March 23, 2012
5 Vegetables and When to Plant Them!
This time of year can be very confusing. Especially when the weather throws a few curve balls like extra warm temperatures! It almost makes you think it will be fine to plant those tomatoes four weeks early. I know why, everyone wants bragging rights about that first ripe tomato! I thought for today's Friday Five post that I would mention when to plant several standard vegetable garden favorites. Remember, just because a plant is available in stores doesn't mean you should plant it right away!
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.