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    In my area we have three planting times a year.

    Spring: Leafy green crops like lettuce, peas, broccoli, spinach, onions, leeks and that stuff that isn't sensitive to cold weather. You can plant it from March through May.

    Summer: Heat loving plants like tomatoes, beans, peppers, basil, 2nd crop of chard. Usually getting them in the ground any early than mid-May is a waste of seed and time. So chilly that they rot or don't get around to popping up any earlier than if you'd planted between mid-May and Mid-June.

    Late summer: Another batch of greens that will be ready in the fall. Plant late August through September and you'll probably get a good fall crop. Kale lasts forever; you might even be picking it in November and December. Plant garlic to come up and be harvested next year

    So is anyone else getting ready to think of plopping in a couple of the warm weather plants? I have two of the topsy turvy planters and a tomato for one, a bell pepper for the other. It's a warm spring so they're getting planted this weekend if not before.

    Other than that I'm sticking to pots. And house hunting. If we buy a place I hope to have raised beds for next spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    In my area we have three planting times a year.

    Spring: Leafy green crops like lettuce, peas, broccoli, spinach, onions, leeks and that stuff that isn't sensitive to cold weather. You can plant it from March through May.

    Summer: Heat loving plants like tomatoes, beans, peppers, basil, 2nd crop of chard. Usually getting them in the ground any early than mid-May is a waste of seed and time. So chilly that they rot or don't get around to popping up any earlier than if you'd planted between mid-May and Mid-June.

    Late summer: Another batch of greens that will be ready in the fall. Plant late August through September and you'll probably get a good fall crop. Kale lasts forever; you might even be picking it in November and December. Plant garlic to come up and be harvested next year

    So is anyone else getting ready to think of plopping in a couple of the warm weather plants? I have two of the topsy turvy planters and a tomato for one, a bell pepper for the other. It's a warm spring so they're getting planted this weekend if not before.

    Other than that I'm sticking to pots. And house hunting. If we buy a place I hope to have raised beds for next spring.
    OH my STARS.. I totally FORGOT I had a topsy Turvey!!!!!!!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
    I'm back, baby.

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    Here in TN, we can garden year round if you want to. You can start lettuce and beans in February. Then in April you can do tomatoes and squash and stuff like that. I planted everything all at once in April. Those things will grow all the way until October You then can do another season of beans and lettuce. Somethings that grow in the ground like onions and carrots can be grown over the winter so years. We never got a hard frost this year so many things could grow all year. Some years we do get a couple inches of snow, but not every year.

    Once my onions are done I might plant a second crop of onions. Then when my lettuce is done I am sure my squash will expand into that space.

    ~Bonita~

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