The definitive manual on optimal planting times for vegetables and their cultivation rationale

 

The definitive manual on optimal planting times for vegetables and their cultivation rationale

Cucumbers

Cucumbers thrive in warm seasons and should be sown in late spring (May to June) after the last frost. They require full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth. Harvest cucumbers when they attain the desired size, remaining firm and green, typically 50 to 70 days after planting, depending on the variety. Continuously harvest throughout the summer (June to August) until the vine’s vitality diminishes.

Lettuce

Lettuce can be planted either in early spring (March to April) or fall (September to October) when the soil is cool. It flourishes in moderate temperatures and partial shade. Harvest lettuce once the leaves are sufficiently large for use but before they turn bitter or begin to bolt, typically 30 to 70 days after planting, depending on the variety. For spring-planted lettuce, harvest in late spring to early summer (May to June), and for fall-planted lettuce, harvest in late fall (October to November) or early winter.

Beans

Beans, being a warm-season crop, are best planted in late spring (May to June) following the last frost. They demand full sun and well-drained soil for growth. Harvest green beans when the pods are young, tender, and before the seeds fully mature, usually around 50 to 60 days after planting. Continue harvesting throughout the summer (July to August) until the plants cease production.

Radishes

Radishes, thriving in cool seasons, can be planted in early spring (March to April) or late summer (August to September). They prefer cool soil and full sun. Harvest radishes when the roots reach the desired size, remaining firm and crisp, generally 20 to 30 days after planting. For spring-planted radishes, harvest in late spring to early summer (May to June), and for late summer-planted radishes, harvest in late summer (September to October) or early fall.

Beets

Beets can be planted in early spring (March to April) or late summer (August to September) when the soil is cool. They thrive in well-drained soil and full sun. Harvest beets when the roots attain the desired size, being firm and tender, typically around 50 to 70 days after planting. For spring-planted beets, harvest in late spring to early summer (May to June), and for late summer-planted beets, harvest in late fall (October to November) or early winter.