April 16, 2013
Depending on where you’re located in North America, there are a multitude of guidelines for the different vegetable growing seasons. Many vegetables can only thrive in specific environments and the success of growing will be determined by how suitable the weather, climate, and terrain is in supporting the vegetables’ health. Whether you prefer a small vegetable garden or have a full field that requires tractors for vegetable production, the success of your crop will depend on your knowledge of your growing climate conditions.
In this post, we’ll provide the approximate planting dates of the spring vegetable growing seasons based on USDA regional planting zone recommendations and average minimum temperatures. Your geographical region may not adequately represent the USDA hardiness zone, as these zones are very intricately broken down. However, this chart will serve as a general overview of seasonal planting times in U.S. regions; more specified timing can be found by locating your USDA hardiness zone.
For some of the more southern areas of the south east and south west, spring is not an appropriate time to plant certain vegetables because the weather is too warm. Because the climate can vary greatly in each of the regions of the U.S., we have averaged the planting times for regional spring vegetable planting.
This chart should be used as one of several resources in determining the best time to start your vegetable growing season. By researching your exact geographical location, you will likely find more definitive scheduling that will further ensure a successful growing season.
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