When Does Your Planting Season Begin?

The time of year you begin planting your garden can have a big effect on your plants, as factors like climate and elevation can impact the overall quality and yield of your garden. By having a good understanding of your surrounding environment, you can determine the most appropriate time to get your vegetables into the ground.

Here are some tips and information to keep in mind as you start another gardening season.

North

Although the frigid temperatures in this region can make it hard for northerners to maintain productive gardens, proper planning can help these individuals grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. Northerners should start their gardens in May, giving soil time to thaw completely. To ensure soil is in workable condition, it's best to monitor the ground throughout the beginning of the spring season to determine when the soil is loose and ready for planting.

South

Gardeners residing in southern regions of the country have the longest planting season ' especially states like Florida and Texas that can plant year-round. Vegetable gardens can usually be started around the end of March and kept growing until early December. However, the luxury of extended planting seasons can come with a few problems, including sandy soil, and warm, humid weather conditions that can expose crops to fungal diseases.

East

East Coast growers can experience the positives and negatives that come with all four seasons. Gardeners can enjoy summertime fruits like strawberries and tomatoes, plus enjoy the harvest of a winter garden after the first frost hits. Individuals residing in this region can start to plant around April when the temperatures regulate, and should begin to bring plants indoors during October.

West

Some western states like California and Nevada don't experience colder temperatures until mid-November, which only last a few months. Given this region's short-lived winter season, gardeners can start planting their fruits and vegetables as early as March. And even though crops face the dangers that come with humid weather, gardeners in this region are still able to enjoy the beauty and functionality of many drought-resistant plants like watermelon, lilac and zucchini.