Vegetable Planting Guide

Our vegetable planting guide is listed alphabetically by vegetable. Before you get started, it may be worthwhile to learn which growing zone you live in...

Hardiness Zones & Heat Zones for Vegetable Garden Planting

vegetable planting guide USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 zones based on average annual minimum temperature. The American Horticulture Society Plant Heat Zone Map (and zip code locator) takes care of the average annual maximum temperature for the U.S., dividing it into 12 "heat zones".

Finding your hardiness and heat zones is useful for one reason: when you read zone numbers in seed catalogues and other places, you'll know what they mean and whether each plant listed is supposed to grow well in your region.

Otherwise, you'll most likely find them to be of limited use for two reasons:

  1. Minimum and maximum temperatures can vary significantly within each zone. So even if a plant is listed as being appropriate for your zone, it may not be appropriate for your garden.
  2. They tell you nothing about other crucial growing information, such as the last frost date or soil temperatures throughout the year.

If you're worried about the temperature outside for a particular vegetable that you're dying to grow yourself, you still have a few options:

  • Start your plants indoors and transplant them
  • Start an indoor vegetable garden
  • Consider growing plants in a greenhouse

Now let's move on to the ideal planting, growing, harvesting and storing conditions for each vegetable along with pests and diseases to prepare for...

Vegetable Planting Guide by Vegetable

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