The Best Time To Plant Your Veggies In WNY
Farming and gardening in Western New York is no easy task. But if you're going to get the most out of your garden, here's when you should start.
The answer is...a couple of weeks ago.
Yep. You should have already started your plants a few weeks ago. If you're planning on starting from seeds, many of the vegetables you're growing should have already grown into seedlings by now.
The good news is that if you haven't started yet, you can still get plants in the next few weeks as long as you get them in the ground pretty soon.
The goal is to avoid frosts. The last thing you want to do is to put them in the ground outside and have mother nature take them out the second that we have a cold night. Lately, that's been the case here in Western New York too. We've gone from 70 degree days to 32 degree days with snow that accumulates.
Every plant and vegetable has a different time frame too. Some actually do ok with a little frost, believe it or not. While most can be planted at the end of April, according to garden.org.
Some people prefer to wait until later in the summer to make sure that they aren't going to have to deal with any crop loss due to frost. The only problem with doing that is that you are then on a time frame. You would hate to put all that work in throughout the summer only to lose the crop in the fall.
Here's a complete list of vegetables and when you should have them in the ground according to garden.org: