Re: [gardeners] planting time in New England

margaret lauterbach (
Sun, 07 Mar 1999 09:00:17 -0700

At 10:49 AM 3/7/99 -0500, you wrote:
>At 07:59 AM 07-03-99 -0700, you wrote:
>>At 10:07 PM 3/6/99 PST, you wrote:
>>>Dear list,
>>>  What?  Planting peas near Boston on St. Pattie's Day?  (before the 
>>>traditional pub crawl I am assuming)  Both my parents were Yankees and 
>>>they always told me "never plant before Memorial Day".  Anyone else 
>>>concur?  They also used to say, "corn knee high by the 4th of July"...
>>>  How about the greater DC area list members?  When are you all planning 
>>>garden plantings to avoid last frosts?
>>>  Carolyn
>>>  Zone 7b
>>>  Bethesda
>>If you wait that late, the pea weevils will have a high old time.  Margaret
>Most things are planted out about Memorial Day but peas is not one of them,
>including sweet peas.  Lucinda
Okay, Lucinda, but think about it.  You can and should plant broccoli,
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, radishes,
carrots, peas, sugar snap peas, turnips, rutabagas, potatoes, Swiss chard,
beets, endive, onions and Asian greens long before Memorial Day.  That's
about the time you set out frost-tender plants such as tomatoes, peppers,
eggplants, corn, squashes, cucumbers, celery and melons.  

After planting most of the garden early last year, I was rather surprised
at how little there was to plant after the last date of expected frost.  In
the past, I've planted the early garden over a period of time, but last
year planted it all at once.  Best, Margaret