Planting at the right time is one of the most important ways to ensure a healthy crop. No matter the season, it’s important that you clean out your garden bed and break up the soil before starting a fresh garden—a thorough cleaning now will pay off with fewer bugs and diseases later. The sooner you plant the sooner you’ll be able to harvest the vegetables in your garden.

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Warm Season Vegetables

To enjoy delicious produce throughout the summer, plant warm-season crops at the beginning of March. This is the earliest time you can start gardening your warm-season vegetables. Warm Season Vegetables need 6 to 16 weeks of warm weather to mature, depending on the variety. Some warm season vegetables include: corn, cucumber, melons, pumpkin, sweet potato, and eggplant.

Cool-Season Vegetables

Cool-season vegetables need to be planted in early Fall as soon as the soil can be cultivated or worked up, or in late summer for a Fall garden. Start seeds as early as September and plant directly into the ground in early October. Cool season veggies typically need 6 to 12 weeks of cool weather to develop. Cool season vegetables include: broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, celery, lettuce, onions, and cabbage. 

These are just a few tricks of the trade when it comes to planting seasonal veggies but there’s always more to learn to perfect the art of gardening. If you’re interested in learning more on Gardening Tips for Growing Vegetables in San Diego check out this awesome resource on just that from Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply.

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