Plan to Plant Your Garden

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Almost each year we get anxious to plant our outdoor garden. We will have a warm spell, we plant our seeds or plants to have them killed by a late frost. Another factor is soil temperature. Plants and seeds will not grow unless the ground temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit for cool season vegetable and 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit for warm season crops. Soil probes are affordable and will provide you with proper soil temperature readings for planting. A  Western North Carolina Planting Calendar For Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs is also available for our region to remove the guess work of potential damage from frost and proper soil temperatures. Choose the correct planting time for cool season crops such as lettuce and onions and for warm season crops such as beans and tomatoes. Make sure to use transplants (tomatoes), seeds, or tubers (potatoes) according to the planting guide specifications. Also check our other gardening resources at NC State Vegetable Gardening  and Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners by Cornell University. Don’t forget to utilize the soil sampling services in North Carolina. Have a great growing season in 2023.