This year I'm going to be following advice I gleaned from this site: to start with the last reasonable growing day (October 15th, where I live) and count backwards to plant my garden for maximum yield. In order to do that, I need planting-to-harvesting times for all my munchies, but it's hard to find. Every web search I've done yields advice on earliest planting times for various regions - the exact opposite of what I'm after. Is there a master-list of the information I'm after?
You can't find the information because it is so variable, I can tell you when I plant everything I grow, I can also tell you when the first and last harvest is and how much I harvest day by day. but that information will do you no use, my conditions and the weather that year will effect the days more than the variety will. For example courgettes
Sown inside the 6th May
Transplanted outside 26th May
First harvest 9th July
Last harvest 1st October
So instead of planting in April, you can now say I want to Harvest October 15, and it requires 30days to mature so I have to plant September 15. It's super cool in October so I am going to give it 45day, and theus plant Sept 1st.
So the solution is to use days to maturity or even better Growing Degree Days to Maturity.
Can you share a list of munchies that you would like to grow and eat.
As a rule of thumb. I would plant things either Sept 1st or June 15th for a Fall Harvest.
I love permies and get lots of valuable info here. I also get e-mail from
The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner <email@example.com you put in your city and state, or your zip code and it tells you when it is a good time to plant indoor, or directly in the garden, also when to plant the transplants. If you combine this information with the info like days to maturity on the seed package, you should be good.
> I do understand what you are saying though. according to just about everything I read for my zone, I should start pumpkins indoors now. If I do that by the time Halloween gets here the pumpkins will be rotten. Most pumpkins take 90 to 120 days to mature, so I try to get them planted in the beginning of July. Plenty of time to mature, and doesn't take up valuable garden space before it's needed.
Normally I would tell you to talk to the gardeners in your area. Ask when and how do you plant _. Even in zones there are lots of venerable that make a difference, and most of us gardeners love to share our knowledge. This step will have to wait until it is safe to do so. Good luck.
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