Zone 4, 2nd Quarter Planting Guide

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ZONE 4 2nd Quarter Planting Guide
April, May, June  

Zone 4 Zone 4 has a relatively short growing season. The second quarter of the year is the opening of the window for inside planting for spring for a very small number of crops and the first safe dates for transplanting tender spring plants outside.

Last Frost Date in Zone 4 is on average June 1st however this means that May 31st has about a 50% chance of having a freeze. Therefore a safe outside planting/transplant date is likely sometime thereafter. It is often in the interest of the gardener in Zone 4 to plant as early as the odds seem good in order to get yield from crops as early as possible, especially crops that are slow to mature like peppers. An early planting can also allow the possibility of a fall planting of some vegetables or a fall crop from indeterminate vegetable

Some crops are slow to mature and yield and require as many days head start as is practical so the wise gardener will take into account the crop, the variety, how long they can keep seedlings inside and protected, micro climates and if they can protect new plants outside if the average last frost turns out to be much later.

Below are some common home garden vegetables whose planting window opens in the first quarter of the year. Feel free to sign in to Home-Gardenbook and create or amend your own planting calendar with reminder functions. If you would like to add some vegetables to this list for future planting guide mail outs please feel free to contact us and tell us the vegetables you would like to add. 

  • Beans - June 1 to September 15
  • Beets - April 15th to June 30
  • Broccoli - April 1 to June 30
  • Brussel Sprouts - April 15 to October 15
  • Cabbage - May 1 to October 15
  • Corn - June 1 to September 15
  • Cucumber - June 1 to September 15th
  • Kale - April 15 to June 30
  • Lettuce - May 1 to June 30
  • Onions - April 15 to September 15
  • Peas - April 15 to June 30
  • Peppers - April 15 to September 15
  • Spinach - April 15 to June 30
  • Squash - June 1 to September 15
  • Tomato - April 15 to September 15