When to Plant Vegetables in Pennsylvania


when to plant vegetables in Pennsylvania

because Pennsylvania includes three US

Department of Agriculture plant

hardiness zones and their sub zones the

times for planting vegetables vary

considerably from Philadelphia which is

in USDA zone seven in the southeastern

part of the state to Bradford and USDA

zone 5a in the northwest the state's

coldest areas in USDA zone 5a are mostly

concentrated in Warren and McKean

counties because the requirements for

gardening and USDA zone 5a differ from

those in USDA zone 5b regions the two

sub zones are listed separately always

adapt seedlings started indoors

gradually to the cooler and brighter

conditions outdoors before you

transplant them into a garden

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hearty vegetables include those that can

survive Frost's such as cabbage Brassica

oleracea Kappa Tata group broccoli

Brassica oleracea samosa group and

Brussels sprouts Brassica oleracea Jemma

Farah group start such plants and doors

about 10 weeks before your locations

last average annual spring frost date

and transplant them into the garden four

weeks before that last frost date when

the soil temperature is at least 40

degrees Fahrenheit the last frost is

usually in mid to late April for USDA

zone 7 in early to mid May for zone 6 in

mid to late May for zone 5 p.m. in June

for zone 5 a party root crops such as

carrot Belkis Kuroda Subs say to us feed

beta vulgaris subs vulgaris and radish

wrap on estate of us usually should be

direct sown sown directly in the garden

rather than started indoors that role

also applies to peas pisum say to them

as well as vegetables grown from tubers

or sets such as potato solanum tuberosum

and onion Allium keppa plants because

the suggested planting times are based

on more conservative later last frost

dates you may be able to sow seeds and

set out seedlings two weeks earlier in

the wild year if you are running late

you can continue to plant hearty

vegetables until late May USDA zone 7

pre so in mid-february set outdoors or

direct sow in late March USDA zone 6 pre

so and early March set outdoors or

direct sow in mid April USDA zone 5b pre

so and mid March set outdoors or direct

sow in late April USDA zone 5 a pre so

and early April set outdoors or direct

sow in mid May


slow-growing tender vegetables among the

vegetables that grow slowly are tender

vegetables such as tomato lack of per

second is Gillingham pepper capsicum

annuum and eggplant solanum melongena

which almost always are started early or

purchased as transplants plan to sow

them indoors two months before your

areas last spring frost date and to

transplant them into the garden just

after that date the soil temperature

should be at least 60 F when pepper and

eggplant seedlings are set out but

tomato seedlings tolerate 50 F soil USDA

zone 7 pre so in late February set

outdoors in late April USDA zone 6 pre

so and mid March set outdoors and minmei

USDA zone 5b pre so in late March set

outdoors in late May USDA zone 5 a pre

so in mid April set outdoors in mid June

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pointless because they grow rapidly when

sown directly in a garden those

vegetables include vining types such as

varieties of melons cucumbers melo and

squashes cucurbit SPP and cucumber cucum

esata vez as well as beans Vasilis SPP

and sweet corn CMAs

if you live in USDA zones 5b through 7

plant all of them except corn just after

your last frost date provided the soil

temperatures at least 60th corn can be

started a little earlier when the soil

is 50 F if you are in USDA zone 5a then

some of these vegetables may need to be

sown indoors 2 to 3 weeks before the

last spring frost an option is to

purchase them as transplants to extend a

short growing season USDA zone 7 direct

sow in late April USDA zone 6 direct sow

in mid-may USDA zone 5b direct sow in

late May USDA zone 5 a direct sow in mid

June or pre so indoors and late May to

set out in mid June


fall vegetables fast maturing varieties

of the same hearty vegetables that can

be planted in spring also can be grown

in fall so them about two months before

your areas first average annual fall

frost placing a board over rows of seats

that you sow on your garden to cool the

soil remove that board as soon as the

seeds begin to germinate and mulch the

seedlings with straw so they can

continue to keep cool USDA zone 7

so in mid to late August USDA zones 5b

and 6 so in early to mid August USDA

zone 5a so in early to late July