[gardeners] MA Plant out

Byron.Bromley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 8 Mar 1999 09:03:30 -0500

I live about 75 miles north of "Bean Town", been planting here for
25 years, Since I am at about 1,000 ft elevation you can probably subtract
1 maybe 2 weeks.
  The general statement for most of New England, is last frost May 20th 
    My frost is usually out of the ground around "The Day"  April 15th.
I allow the ground to dry for 1 more week before I till. After which I
Parsnip, carrots, beets, turnip, onions, shallots, peas. lettuce, spinach
and swiss chard.
I also transplant, cauliflower, broccoli and early cabbage
NOTE: all of the above survived 2 feet of snow on May 10th.
Or anything else that the seed package say's "As soon as the Ground
/soil can be worked".  If you live in the NE, it means you can plant
all those small seeds before the Mosquitoes and Black flies come out.

In Phenology "As soon as Oak leaves are the size of a Mouse's ear"
or "When Daffodil's are in full bloom.

OR When the Soil temperature is above 40F at 8 AM for at least 5 
continous days.

Early Potato about 2 weeks later or
"When the Dogwood blosoms are in full bloom"

Tomatoes, corn and string beans around Memorial Day
OR After the soil temp is above 50F for 5 days at 8AM
Or "When Dogwood blosoms fall"

Peppers and Lima Beans, about 2 weeks later
Or when the soil temp is above 60F for 5 days
Or "When peonies are in full bloom"
Or when you can walk barefoot in your garden comfortably

That my wooden nickles worth