Succession Planting

Cool Weather Plants

These plants prefer cooler temperatures and can be planted a few weeks before the last frost date in your area. Some can be seeded directly into the garden, while others should be started inside, under lights. If the crop matures quickly, before the heat of July and August, it can be seeded directly. If it requires a longer growing season, it should be started indoors and then transplanted outdoors. Check your seed packages and catalogues for this information or check the lists below.

Beets

Broccoli

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Celery

Peas

Lettuce

Onions

Radishes

Spinach

Turnips

Warm Weather Plants

Set out warm weather plants just after the last frost date. Most, but not all, should be started indoors ahead of time to insure warm enough temperatures at blossom and fruit set time. Check your seed packages for this information or check lists below.

Cantaloupe

Carrots

Chard

Corn

Cucumbers

Peppers

Potatoes

Pumpkins

Snap beans

Squash

Tomatoes

Hot Weather Plants

These plants cannot tolerate frost or cool soil. They should all be started indoors as much as 8-12 weeks before setting out. They shouldn’t be transplanted until at least 3 weeks after the last frost date and may benefit from protective covers and pre-warmed soil (plastic laid over the prepared bed two weeks prior to transplanting).

Eggplant

Lima beans

Okra

Peanuts

Shell beans

Sweet potatoes

Watermelon

Source: How Does Our Garden Grow? A Guide to Community Gardening Success

Adapted from: Marjorie B. Hunt & Brenda Bortz, High-Yield Gardening. (Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1986)