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Planting for a 4-Season Harvest, Part 6

Starts Tomatoes Outdoors

ZucchiniTomato seed can be sown now directly in the ground, novelty varieties such as Cherry or Yellow Pear, which don't take so long to mature.  Or more "early" tomatoes which grow more quickly than the main crop and will be ready to take over when the first lot of tomatoes is petering out in late summer.

For most tender crops, though, wait until the environment is thoroughly warm for the second big planting period of the gardener's year.  The following go in: lots of bush beans, cucumber, summer squash.  I plant 3 kinds of this favorite vegetable: White Bush Scallop; some form of the dark-green Italian zucchinni; a Yellow Summer.  Last year I grew two: Early Prolific Straightneck and Seneca Butterbar Hybrid; the first pale yellow, the second, buttery, and both good.  Read more....

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

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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