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When to plant veggies

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by CrealCritter, Nov 6, 2018.

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    CrealCritter

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    Every since I can remember I've followed the old farmers almanac gardening guides for sowing and transplanting. I've had varying suscess with spring / fall veggies by following their guides. I now live in zone 6B which is kind of a weird zone since it's in-between zone 6 and 7 but in all reality it think I live in more like zone 7. Anyways I'm going to try this schedule for the next few years and see what happens. Comparing the two guides I noticed there is a good two to three weeks difference in seed starting.

    Here is the USDA hardiness zone map
    usda_plant_hardiness_zones_map-smaller.png

    Looks like i'll be busy come February instead of March now.
    I'm
    https://www.ufseeds.com/learning/planting-schedules/illinois-vegetable-planting-calendar/
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    The old farmers almanac summer veggies seem to be pretty much spot on though.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Hey -- did you have ANYTHING else to do in Feb?? :D

    I say go for it! Have read articles that say plant the seed into pots in Fall, put outside, they will sprout in Spring "when it's time" . Sorta like self seeding.

    I'm looking at starting my own and having an actual garden (!!) this year. Can't believe I have 4.5 months to go to plant outside! :barnie I'm not wanting to wait that long.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I would really like to get my spring/fall garden completely sowed and transplants set by the end of February this coming year. Just need a dry spell in between now and the beginning of February where I can get my tiller in there to break up the soil.

    This year I waited completely to long to sow spring veggie seeds. Our spring lasted a whole 10 days, it was so wet and cold before that. By the time I could work the soil, got my seeds sowed and sprouted most everything bolted in the heat that followed. So I just left it go to weeds and spent my time in my summer garden which did ok this year. I still have a row of kale that I planted this spring and that we have eaten a little off of but everything else bolted or burnt up this summer.
     
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    The weather has been crazy this year. Long winter, short spring, hot summer :idunno I'm not going to bother with winter crops this year. I have way too much else to do and the daylight is little over winter here.
     
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    Yeah weather was crazy everywhere, it seems. Like all "farmers" there is always NEXT year, always hopeful it will be better.

    I would absolutely LOVE to have a nice productive garden this coming year. Compared to 2018 it won't take much! One tomato plant will be better!! Yep, dismal between weather & time from work, even.

    So, I've bought up some nice starting pots -- on sale, almost free -- added to the others, to try again. Mixing nice soil, some chicken & goat manure, wasted hay, etc. for starting medium. I don't often quit...:old Plan to reduce work hours a good amount for the summer.

    My last frost is first wk April, so with care...maybe some row covers, I can get cool weather stuff going outside in early/mid March. Peas & such can go in ground late Feb.
     
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