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  • When to Plant

    Posted on May 4th, 2010 Pam No comments

    I have received lots of questions about when to plant vegetables.
    Here is my BEST GUESS. This is for the Idaho Falls area.

    Plant cabbage plants, broccoli plants and cauliflower plants outside anytime after April 15th.
    Plant pea seeds, onion sets, cress seeds, lettuce seeds and radish seeds anytime after May 1st.
    Plant bean seeds, corn seeds, squash seeds or plants, pumpkin seeds or plants and cucumber seeds or plants after May 20th.
    Plant tomato plants and pepper plants after May 31st.

    That is just MY idea on when to plant seeds or transplant plants into the garden.
    It is true you can plant earlier if you are planning on giving plants more protection against cold weather or be prepared to cover the plants if there is a chance of frost.

    Even using these conservative planting dates, you may experience frost as late as June 10th. There is ususally a cold spell between June 1st to 10th. Plan on protecting tender seedlings during this cold time.

    Another thing you should consider is the wind. Idaho Falls is famous for it’s wind. Wind is very damaging to tender seedlings. But keep in mind if you wait until the wind stops before you plant it may never happen.

    Also, if there happens to be a warming trend, it may feel so warm that you will want to plant too early. In early April this year it was in the 80’s and yes I felt like planting that day. It was soooooo warm. Just remember those days are few and far between. So resist the urge to plant too early.

    Several times I have planted peas very early and then again around May 28th. My experience was that both plantings matured at about the same time. So most of the vegetables planted early are just to cold to grow very fast. The later plantings ‘catch up’ with the early plants. So think twice about planting too soon. Plants really don’t grow very fast until the soil temperature warms up.

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