In a follow-up to my gardening post about what/when/how to plant to grow your own food, I thought that maybe assembling tips on frost dates and sowing schedules for various regions would come in handy. Many vegetables need to be planted X amount of days before your first frost, so if you are starting your garden now, be sure to check the frost date and the maturity schedule of what you are planting – you don’t want to waste seeds and plants by planting them too late in the season!
First up, you need to know the “days to maturity” of the vegetables you are planting, and according to Mother Earth News you need to add three weeks to the maturity rating on the seed packet to compensate for the shorter days of the fall. Here is a chart of the maturity schedule of most common vegetables:
Secondly, the frost dates from the Farmer’s Almanac can be found by clicking on the map below. Once on that page, just click on your state to see when they expect the first frost to be for your region.
When planting in the late summer/early fall, you want to make sure that you leave enough time to grow the vegetables you want to harvest before winter really begins. Hopefully these charts will help all of us budding food growers!