Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Raised Bed Vegetable Planting Schedule

Raised Bed Vegetable Planting Schedule

My last post talked about plant friends and foes, which plants like to be neighbors and even thrive around each other, and which ones don‘t.
 
Now let’s talk about when to plant. Here’s a general list of what months to plant certain plants in, although the last frost date for your specific area is more exact. You can usually fined this date out by contacting your local county extension office or talking to other local gardeners. The key is to get your plants or seeds in the ground as soon as possible without damaging them, so you can get the longest possible harvest.

Here's the Key for the list below:
  • S = means sow the seed into the ground

  • H = means harvest time

  • SI = means sow the seed indoors for later transplant into the ground

  • HG = means harvest the greens

  • i.e. SHH = means sow and harvest, harvest
So here's a list of plants with the months they should be planted:

MONTH=MAR.--APR.--MAY--JUN.--JUL.--AUG.--SEPT.--OCT.

Asparagus-***--HHH---HHH--HHH---***----***-----***-----SSS

Bush Bean-***---***----SSS---SSS----SHH---HHH----HHH---HHH

Pole Bean-***----***---SSS----SSS----SHH---HHH----HHH---HHH

Beet--------***--SSS----SSS----SSS----HHH---HHH----HHH---HHH

Broccoli----SI---SIS----SSS----SHH---HHH---HHS----HHS----HHH

Brussels Sprout-***---SSS-----SS------***----***-------***----HHH

Cabbage----SI---SSS----SSS----***----HHH---HHS----HHH----HHH

Cantaloupe-*---***-----SI-----SSS----***----HHH----HHH----***

Carrot-----***---SSS---SSS---SHH----SHH----SHH----SHH----SHH

Cauliflower-SI--SIS---SSS----SSS----HHH----HHH----HHH---***

Celery-------SI----SI----SI----***----HHH----HHH----HHH---HHH

Corn-------***----***---SSS---SSS----***-----HHH----HHH----***

Cucumber-***----SI---SIS----SSS----HHH----HHH---HHH----***

Eggplant---***----SI---SSS---***-----HHH----HHH---HHH----***

Greens-----***---SSS---SSS---SHH---SHH-----SHH---HHH---HHH

Kale------HHH---HHH--SSS---SSS----HHH----HHH---HHH---***

Kohlrabi--***----***---SSS----SSS----SHH----HHH---HHH---HHH

Leek------SSS----SHH--HHH---***-----***----HHH----HHH---HHH

Lettuce----SI----SISS--SHH---SHH----SHH---SHH----SHH----HHH

Melons----***-----SI---SIS----SSS-----***----HHH---HHH-----***

Onion----SHG---SHG---***---HHH----HHH---HHH---HHH-----SSS

Parsle-----SI-----SI----SHH---HHH----HHH---HHH---SHH----HHH

Parsnip--HH----SSS----SSS----***------***-----***---HHH----HHH

Pea-------SSS----SSS---SSS----HHH----HHH---HHH---***-----***

Pepper---***------SI---SSS-----SSS----HHH---HHH---HHH----***

Potato----***----SSS---SSS-----SSS-----***----HHH---HHH----***

Pumpkin--***----SI---SSS-----***-----***-----***------***----HHH

Radish-----SS---SSS---SHH---SHH----SHH-----SHH----SHH---***

Spinach----SI---SIS---SHH---SHH----SHH-----SHH----SHH---HHH

Squash----***----SI----SIS----SSS-----HHH----HHH----HHH---HHH

Tomato---***----SI---SSS----SSS-----HHH----HHH-----HHH---HHH

This list not all inclusive, but does cover some of the most popular vegetable plants. I personally like to have a printed out copy of this list when I plan out my garden each year. This way I can make sure I‘m getting the plants in the ground a soon as possible to get the longest growing season possible. Also, I can make sure I‘m replanting crops for the next harvest to create "succession planting" (as one comes out another goes in) for the highest yields.

Happy gardening,

--Greg