What Month Do You Plant Vegetables?
The answer to the question, “What month do you plant vegetables?” is “early spring.” Planting your vegetables in the fall will only lead to a problem later on down the road (I’ll talk about that in a minute).
Now why is this important? If you plant your vegetables in the fall, they can be kept warm during the winter. But if you do it the first month, you’re going to be getting vegetables that are still pretty much in their developmental stages. So they won’t be as healthy.
What kind of vegetables should you start out with though? Well, any vegetables that are going to be hardy in any weather are great. Lemons, oranges, carrots, cabbage, peppers are all pretty good choices. Some of these vegetables can even handle droughts better than others. But if you want your veggies to grow big and healthy (bigger leafy greens are best) start out with the harderier more resilient ones like spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower.
What do you do if the weather is not cooperative? Don’t panic, it’s never too late to grow more vegetables. Even the first month you plant them they can easily be harvested. Plus, the crops from the first month won’t be nearly as high maintenance as the next month’s crop. The vegetables from the third month onwards are usually the easiest to harvest.
When are you going to harvest your new garden? Usually you can start to harvest your vegetables about two weeks after you plant them. This helps the plant to develop a strong root system so that the soil gets more water. But you’ll want to take your time and go through the garden with a fine-toothed comb to pick out any broken or damaged roots.
If you have planted your garden in a place with a year-round vegetable garden, you probably won’t need to worry about the growing season at all. But if you live in a place where it’s either freezing cold or just rainy, it’s very important to make sure the vegetables have enough water. This is especially true for the first month, because the roots need to get a lot of water in order to prepare for the growing season. It’s also a great idea to check the soil during this time and water if needed. You might also want to test the soil before you plant to see if it’s ready for the vegetables.
Once the growing season has started and the vegetables are starting to come up, you may start taking them out of their pots and eating them right away. But, if you’re like me, there will be some vegetables in your refrigerator that you have yet to try. You don’t want to wait until you get to the grocery store or farmer’s market to start testing them. So, if you’re in the mood for soup, for example, and you haven’t used tomatoes since your last visit to the grocery store, start making your soup the very next day. When the weather starts getting warmer, when it’s been warm in your home for a few days, you can bring those tomatoes in. That way, you can enjoy the delicious tomatoes at their freshest, and you don’t have to wait to enjoy them as much as if you had brought them yesterday.
The most important answer to the question of what month do you plant your vegetables is when you know for a fact that you’re going to be able to plant those particular vegetables. This is a good way to avoid planting in the wrong place, of course. It’s also a good way to ensure that the plants you plant will actually thrive and grow well. So, get out there and start looking for that perfect vegetables this month.