Sunday, March 31, 2013
This is a road map for when to plant popular vegetables and herbs for a Zone 6 garden. I am going to use April 28th as my last frost date. You can use the extended forecast to know if you can move this up to get your garden going even sooner.
Planting your seedlings outdoors:
March 31st-cabbage, leeks, lettuce, okra, onions
April 7th-lettuce, lemon balm, parsley
April 14th-broccoli, cauliflower, thyme
May 5th-basil, chives, cucumbers, tomatoes,
May 12th-cantaloupe, eggplant, marigolds, pepper
Starting your seeds indoors:
March 3rd-chives, eggplant, leeks, lemon balm, marigolds, onions, parsley, peppers, sage, thyme, tomatoes
March 17th-basil, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, okra
March 31st-cantaloupe, cucumber, lettuce
These dates are just guidelines. You can start your seedlings later and plant your transplants later as well. Be sure to read the seed packet for what you are starting. They make all kinds of varieties that are cold hardy that can be planted sooner.
They also have bred many varieties of cold crops that are more heat resistant than others. These would be the types to plant or start later to have a longer harvest.