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Selecting appropriate planting dates is a critical component of successful vegetable gardening. Vegetables vary widely in their preferred growing conditions and tolerance to hot and cold temperature extremes. Understanding local frost-free dates aides in selecting appropriate planting dates for each vegetable throughout the year. This guide uses USDA Plant Hardiness Zones as guiding information on selecting planting dates for spring and fall planted vegetables for the home garden in Virginia.
In addition, this publication suggests approximate amounts of each crop to plant based on family size and preferences, along with guidelines on plant spacing and amount of seed or number of plants needed per 10 feet of row.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
January 21, 2020