With our erratic springs—70 one day, 30 the next—it’s often a challenge to figure out when to plant your vegetables or ornamental plants. Most experienced gardeners use a variety of ways to determine when to plant their crops. Here are three we’ve tried: By Frost Free Dates. Most seed packets will include a recommended seed…

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If you grow vegetables from seed, the packet almost always lists how long before or after your average last frost date you should plant. It’s important to know your “frost-free” dates and what those mean for your vegetable garden. Generally, the frost-free dates are those parts of the year when the odds of getting hit…

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