You May Not Have to Wait Until May to Start Planting Some Garden Vegetables

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As we reach the end of winter, many people get anxious and want to start planting their gardens as the weather turns warmer.

Robyn Puffenbarger is a master gardener and says that you don't have to wait until May to start start planting some vegetables.

That's because some vegetables adapt to the cold.

Typically, some of the greens, like spinach, peas or kale can be planted before spring, either at the end of February or the beginning of March.

However, because of the recent snow cover and the cold temperatures, this year it's recommended that you wait a little longer before you put some of those vegetables in the ground.

Puffenbarger explains, "You want your soil temperature to be more on the average of 45 Fahrenheit, so a soil thermometer is really important."

If the ground is too cold, your plants won't grow.

If you don't want to wait until the weather warms up, Puffenbarger recommends, "Maybe start your tomatoes and peppers indoors. They need to be planted about eight to 12 weeks before transplanting. So you can be doing that now"

For the rest of your planting, you want to wait until at least the middle of May so that soil temperature has a chance to warm up. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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