Happy Planting!

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Moss

You bought seeds and starter plants (did you know you can use your SNAP benefits for that purchase?), so now what? When do those seeds need to be started and transplanted? When should those starter plants be planted?

The state of Pennsylvania lies within three growing zones (5, 6, and 7) so planting times vary greatly depending upon where you live. Urban Farmer offers a great, at-a-glance resource that shows graphs of what to plant and when in each zone. It is important to remember that frost dates vary so it is beneficial to follow your local weather for the most accurate information. For a more in-depth look at planting times, Urban Farmer offers this downloadable, printable sheet that also includes information on soil and rainfall in Pennsylvania.

Another interactive resource is this Planting Calendar managed by The Old Farmer's Almanac. It allows you to enter your zip code and get planting information tailored to your exact location.

Happy planting (and harvesting)!!