When is it safe to plant garden vegetables? Is it simply after the last frost date for your area? And if that’s correct, then how do you find out when is that last Spring frost date?
Can you plant some vegetable crops before the last frost date?
The Farmers Almanac defines the following frost/freeze categories:
29°F to 32°F—tender plants killed, with little destructive effect on other vegetation.
25°F to 28°F—widely destructive effect on most vegetation, with heavy damage to fruit blossoms and tender and semi-hardy plants.
24°F and colder—damage to most plants.
To find the normal average date of your last frost, use the following calculator while simply entering your zip code (or city, state) (source: Almanac.com).
Note: There is often a very wide variation from year-to-year at any given location regarding the last spring frost/freeze date.
To discover what’s going on right now, here is the current live weather map of any frost/freeze outlook for the United States:
Soil temperature probe:
Dial Soil Thermometer, 6″ Stainless Steel Stem, 3″ Dial Display
Cool Season Vegetable Garden Crops
Found this list of vegetables on motherearthnews.com,
Safe to plant very early spring
Safe to plant early spring
Plant after last frost
What has been your experience with planting near or even before the supposed last frost date? How often has that worked out for you?