In the Poconos, we live in USDA zones 6a and 6b. This scale dictates the hardiness zones for planting in the country according to climate, but what does this mean for early planters and gardeners in March? Here’s how to prepare for early spring planting!
Early Planting Hardy Vegetables
Hardy vegetables are veggies that can survive frosts and wavering temperatures – something we’re all familiar with in spring when it can be 30 degrees one day and 50 the next! Some examples include cabbage, broccoli, carrots, beets, potatoes, peas, onions, radishes, and brussels sprouts. The soil is usually warmer than the exposed air, which means that as soon as the ground has thawed and is at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be clear to plant. Until then, it’s important to start your seedlings inside where it’s warm and transplant your new vegetable garden into the soil once it’s warm enough in late March or early April.