How to Plant a Vegetable Garden in New York



how to plant a vegetable garden in New


when you start a vegetable garden you

must follow a specific calendar choose

the right site prepare rich foundation

and plant vegetables that grow well in

the region weather and season in areas

like New York which features US

Department of Agriculture Plant

Hardiness growing zones 3 to 7 and

winter temperatures from 5 degrees to

minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit gardeners

must get the timing exactly right and

take advantage of what summer offers

start your prep a month before the last

frost in your area to get your

vegetables into the ground early things

you'll need quick draining soil organic

compost fertilizer Spade start working

the garden in March April or May

depending on your location plantings

should wait until after the last frost

which may occur as early as April 13th

in New York City or as late as early

June in Lake Placid work the soil the

month before your planting to give the

amendments a chance to settle locate a

site where the vegetables will get 6 to

8 hours of full Sun every day make sure

the site gets quick drainage after any

rain and gives you at least 10 to 20

square feet of planting space prepare

bets that are three to four feet wide

and run the length of your garden with

two feet of space between each bed for

walking these beds will support one row

of large plants and several rows of

small plants while giving you room to

tend the garden dig up the top six

inches of soil and add one inch of quick

training soil and two inches of organic

compost to give the plants nutrition and

drainage add 10 10 10 organic or starter

fertilizer to the top two inches of soil

plant tomatoes peppers eggplants corn

onions squash radishes carrots turnips

beets lettuce spinach cauliflower okra

cucumbers and melons in southern New

York where summers last for five to six


these summers are long enough to support

any summertime vegetable plant

plant shorter season cultivars or short

season veggies like beets radishes

squash snap beans lettuce spinach

turnips cucumbers and okra in northern

New York

where summers can last only two months

summertime veggies must grow to full

fruiting maturity before winter arrives

so long season vegetables like pumpkins

and beefsteak tomatoes won't work in

this area