Re: [gardeners] MA Plant out/TX Plant out

Allen and Judy Merten (
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 20:09:49 -0600

Hi Bryon,
    I am amazed when I read your post about your planting dates. Sometimes we
just don't realize how big this country is.
    My onions transplants need to be set out in Jan. My potatos have to be
planted in mid-Feb. Tomato, peppers, corn, beans, squash, cucumbers,
watermelons, muskmelons, eggplants, etc. need to be planted by mid-March. By
the 1st of June it is just too hot to plant any tomatos, beans, cucumbers,
eggplants. I can still plant okra, peanuts, sweet potatos, squash,
watermelons, and pumpkins.
    Spring time for you means dodging the snow and cold of a late winter.
Spring time for me means getting the garden planted in time to dodge the heat
of summer.
    Bastrop Co.
    SE Central Tx.

Byron.Bromley wrote:

> 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
> plant
> 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
> Byron