Here are a few things to keep in mind while planing your vegetable garden. The best way to learn is to get something in the ground; try something. After a year of experiencing the growing seasons you'll begin to understand what's going on and learn how to plan our plantings better. With that let's go around the going year with vegetable proven to grow at specific times of the year. NOTE: these suggestions are given for zone 7b, a subtropical climate here in the southern United States. The specific dates and months will change depending on where you are on the planet.


Spring Garden

Plant mid-February. Take the Idles of March and go back 30 days. The spring garden will be mostly a salad garden. Plant the following:

  • lettuce (I usually do Boston/Bibb varieties, which grow in loose clusters; loose leaf lettuce is another option. Some people plant lettuce every two weeks so they can have salad all season long.)
  • Swiss Chard (These plants will last two years before going to seed depending on the winter conditions.)
  • collard greens
  • bunching onions (Regular onions take too long to grow for me. Plant them in November. They wouldn't be ready to eat until July/August.)
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cilantro is a spring herb

Summer Garden

The earliest you'd want to plant this is March 20th, but wait until April 9th to be absolutely safe, because after April 9th there will be no more frost. Really you can start planting the summer garden as spaces open up from what was planted in spring. Plant:

  • tomatoes
  • peppers
  • cucumbers
  • amaranth (A pseudograin that you plan to eat it like oatmeal or pop like popcorn.)
  • eggplant
  • any kind of melon
  • Swiss chard if you have any left over from spring
  • beans
  • beets (You eat beets like turnip greens.)
  • zucchini or other squash
  • okra (which is a lot of work because it has to be picked daily)
  • herbs such as thyme and basil

Autumn Garden

Plant mid-September (This is like the spring garden in reverse.) Plant:

  • regular onions
  • garlic
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • radishes
  • Swiss chard
  • collard greens
  • turnip greens
  • mustard greens

Hoe everything from previous seasons. Turn under and cover the bed with shredded leaves. Leave the garden fallow until Spring.


Grow'em big!


One Response to “Vegetable Garden Planning”

  1. Damon Says:

    How do you guys approach your vegetable garden planning?

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