Seasonal planting guide for vegetable gardens

Spring Planting

Plant cool-season crops such as lettuce, spinach, peas, and radishes as soon as the soil can be worked. As the weather warms, transition to warm-season crops like tomatoes, and beans.

Summer Planting

Continue planting warm-season vegetables throughout early to mid-summer for a continuous harvest. Consider succession planting for crops like lettuce

Fall Planting

Start planting cool-season crops again in late summer for a fall harvest. This can include carrots, beets, kale, and broccoli.

Winter Planting

In mild winter climates, you can continue to grow certain cold-hardy vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and winter greens.

Companion Planting

Take advantage of companion planting techniques to maximize space and deter pests. For example, plant basil near tomatoes to improve flavor and repel pests.

Crop Rotation

Divide your garden into sections and rotate families of vegetables (e.g., nightshades, brassicas, legumes) to different areas each year.

Year-Round Harvest

Incorporate perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, and artichokes for a long-term harvest beyond the typical growing season.