When to plant vegetable garden

Asked April 14, 2018, 11:26 PM EDT

I plan to plant a vegetable garden. I read your website posting regarding "Planting the vegetable garden" (https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/vegetables/planting-the-vegetable-garden). With this weekend's blizzard we now have about 10" or more of snow on the ground in many parts of the metro. How does that delay the planting schedule posted on the website? Are there other rules of thumb to follow to plant garden vegetables at the correct times? Thanks, Dave Haugen

Ramsey County Minnesota horticulture vegetable gardening

1 Response

Obviously you can't plant anything now even though April 15th is on the calendar. You will have to use good judgment. Once the soil is dry and temperatures consistently cool but not cold (even at night) you can plant the vegetables listed as cool season (broccoli, peas, cabbage, etc.). Warm season plants/seeds will have to wait until late May, even early June. If you put, for example, bean seeds in cold ground, they will not sprout but will rot. When your soil is warm and dry, it is time to plant.