Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: nowhere near Kansas
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I'm zone 7b. As pp have pointed out, the *average* last frost date is April 15, which means there's a 50% chance of frost after that. The 10% frost free date is more like April 30.
We're fortunate to have an extended growing season here. Cauliflower and broccoli, as cool season crops, I put in about a month or more ago. Pole beans I just planted this morning. My tomato and squash/cucumber/watermelon starts are waiting until May to go outside.
Cool-season plants can be planted again later in the year, I haven't caught that bus yet. I did plant some lettuce and spinach late last year, October or so. The plants survived the winter so I've had salad this spring.
If you can plant something now, and again in about two weeks, succession planting helps to extend your harvest. It works nicely for the home gardener, because we don't usually want a ton of produce all at once.
It's the big commercial farms that want to plant everything and harvest everything in big batches.
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