150 Tips: Jump Starting the Vegetable Season

Indoor seed sowing, greenhouses, cold frames, hot beds—you name it, northern gardeners have tried it to extend the season for vegetables and other plants. Today, gardeners typically use LED or flourescent lights to start seeds indoors, then move them to cold frames outdoors or low tunnels, temporary frames covered in plastic to create a cozy…

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Using Soil Temperature to Decide When to Plant

We were hot. And, now we’re not. What’s a gardener to do in spring in our changeable northern climate when deciding when to plant vegetables. One option is to use soil temperature as your guide. There are several guides for when to plant, including using frost-free dates or using nature signs (phenology). Soil temperature is…

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When to Plant Your Vegetable Garden

Planting a vegetable garden isn’t just a one-day affair. It’s often done over several weeks, depending on the weather and other factors. There are a variety of ways to determine when to plant what. Cool Season/Warm Season At their simplest, vegetables tend to fall into two categories for planting — cool season and warm season.…

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