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    March Vegetable Garden Zone-by-Zone

    Spring onion seedlings1

    March is a month of great transition in the vegetable garden. Spring for the northern hemisphere will arrive on March 20. In the warmest regions–United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zones 9 through 11–warming temperatures have arrived. Planting can go forward this month. In USDA Zones 7 and 8, preparation for spring planting […] More

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    September Vegetable Garden

    Summer squash and zucchini

    Vegetable crops will begin to take longer to ripen in September. Give melons, limas, and tomatoes more time to ripen naturally. Eggplants are ready for harvest when they are shiny. Beans, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, and summer squash will not ripen or mature once they are picked. They will keep for a week or two in […] More

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    Early Summer Fruit Calendar and Maintenance

    Strawberry patch

    Most soft fruits–strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and currants–are bearing or nearing maturity by early summer. Tree fruits–apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines–in early summer are developing fruit. Attention should be given to thinning, pruning, and watering. Here is a fruit-by-fruit growing guide for early summer: Support fruit trees. Support heavily laden branches with stout stakes […] More

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    July Vegetable Garden

    Cucumber seedling

    July in the Northern Hemisphere is the month to begin enjoying the fruits of your labor in the vegetable garden. Warm-weather crops will start coming to harvest this month. Getting crops picked at the peak of ripeness is important if you want to enjoy the tastiest and most tender harvest. Look back at your planting […] More

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    Summer Crops Planting Guides

    Late spring and early summer is the time to set out heat-loving crops–tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, squashes, cucumbers, okra, and melons. Plant these crops where they will get plenty of sunshine for rapid growth and timely harvests. Work plenty of aged compost or commercial organic planting mix into the beds, mounds, and hills ahead […] More

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    May Vegetable Garden Zone-by-Zone

    Vegetable garden planting

      May is the month to get your summer vegetable garden planted and growing. Almost all warm-season crops can either be sown or transplanted into the garden by mid-May. If you live in a short growing season region (Zones 3 to 6) keep crop protecting devices such as row covers and plastic hoop tunnels and […] More

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    March Vegetable Garden Roundup

    Sowing seed in the garden

    March is the month to start growing vegetables in earnest. Seed starting can begin outdoors in mild regions and indoors in cold regions. There are still six to eight weeks, maybe even ten weeks before warm-season plants can go into the garden in most cool- and cold-winter regions, but now, or soon, is the time […] More

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    January Vegetable Garden

    Plastic tunnels

    January is the coldest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. This is the month to get seed catalogs and begin planning the spring garden. Beware of false spring days. Check with the weather service or local cooperative extension for your area’s average last frost date–the last expected frost and the start of outdoor […] More

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    May Cool-Region Kitchen Garden Almanac

    The weather in cool northern regions can remain unsettled even in May. Remeber that both the soil and air temperatures are important when planting the kitchen garden. Few seeds will germinate if the soil temperature is below 45ºF (7ºC), and warm-weather crops are not going to thrive until the night temperatures consistently stay above 50ºF. […] More