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Planting for a 4-Season Harvest, Part 5

Exempts Eggplant and Peppers from Early Transplanting

CornEggplant and peppers are not subjected to early transplanting because they're more tender, especially eggplant.  It may seem harsh treatment in cold, raw weather for the tomatoes, and I do delay planting in some years.  Remember: Tomatoes must be well-protected when set out before their regular time.

...When all danger of even light frost is over, the tender crops go in.  In my area, that means about May 30; in northern New England, even later.  In areas of short summers, most gardeners risk a few plantings ahead of the "safe" date.  I sow a few bush beans in early May, and perhaps a hill or two of summer squash, protected under a hotcap, glass jug, or loose mulch of leaves or straw.  Last May I planted Spring Gold, an early corn that starts well in cool weather.

To be continued....

Tirrell, R.  1966, February.  Planting for a 4-Season Harvest.  Organic Gardening and Farming.

Reprinted by permission of Organic Gardening magazine.  Copyright Rodale, Inc., U.S.A.  All rights reserved.

This post is part of our Planting for a Four Season Harvest lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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