Planting Zone 5 Vegetables – When To Plant Vegetable Garden?
In general, it is not recommended to plant any new vegetable garden during July or August. For example, if you are planning to plant tomatoes in your garden, then you should wait until after the hot weather passes over. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. You may want to plant some of these vegetables during July and August because they require less care than others.
Zones 4 and 5 have very similar growing seasons so you can usually sow them together without much trouble. Zones 3 and 6 have slightly different growing season so you will need to choose which one you wish to grow first before planting the other one.
The following table shows when to plant each type of vegetable:
Type Of Vegetable Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Tomato (S) May 15 April 30 March 21 March 14 February 18 Eggplant (S) June 20 May 26 April 23 April 16 March 19 Pepper (R) October 8 September 22 August 25 August 17 July 24 Cabbage (C) November 11 October 28 September 27 September 22 August 29 Spinach (C) December 10 November 18 October 23 October 18 September 25 Broccoli (C) December 1 November 11 October 15 October 10 September 12 Cucumber (B) August 1 July 9 June 12 May 25 April 29 Pumpkin (T) October 1 September 10 August 13 July 24 July 8 Melon (T) July 1 June 9 May 13 April 25 April 8
These are only guidelines because there are always exceptions to every rule. Also, keep in mind that some of these vegetables will cross-pollinate with each others. This means that if you are growing several of them in the same garden then you should keep them at least 500 feet away from each other.
Some should be even further away from each other.
Now let us take a look at some specific types of vegetables and when to plant them.
When To Plant Tomatoes
Tomatoes can be one of the most rewarding plants you will ever grow. They also do not need much take care of, although regular feeding and watering is required. Tomatoes are also the fruit that requires more attention than any other plant.
Most people usually grow two types of tomatoes in their garden; regular and cherry. This is because both types have their own advantages and they are both delicious.
The main thing you need to decide before you plant your tomato seeds is what color do you prefer?
Tomatoes come in any color of the rainbow, however the most common ones are red, orange and pink.
You will have to wait until the middle of April before you plant your tomato seeds. Even then you will still have to wait until night time temperatures reach above 55 degrees. This usually happens around the beginning of May.
If you plan on growing cherry tomatoes you can start planting them as soon as the last frost is over.
When you plant your tomato seeds, you will have to dig small holes in your backyard and drop one or two seeds into each hole.
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