I'm in Zone 3b and will be getting a VERY late start this season, I'm looking for advice on what to plant/ can be planted (direct seeding - will be in raised beds with row covers as necessary) in mid June. We're moving locations in a few weeks so were unable to start seedlings etc this season. I have found some local growers who will sell me some transplants but it's very costly!
welcome to the forums. i m no expert and my zone is very different from yours. there are tables in the book of squarefoot gardening which show planting times in relation to your last frost and first frost dates. this book will be available used for a small amount of money.
you should look (online?) for tables which show how long a plant will need from seed to harvest and calculate from that.
my thougts: green beans, peas ... maybe cucumbers?
greens, the typical winter greens, kale
very short lived crops, like lettuces, radishes, maybe carrots and beets
i would try to start at least some squash/pumpkin plants inside. i do not know much about your situation, but even a few starts on the window sill would be better than none at all.
or do starts in a not-so-optimal place. weak starts that would catch up would (probably) better than none at all. you might not get a full harvest, but a partial harvest is better than no harvest.
feel free to describe your situation. other people might join in and offer advice ...
Root crops do well in Zone 3. The seeds of radishes, beets, kohlrabi and turnips all grow quickly and can be planted more than once in a Zone 3 growing season. These seeds, as well as those of carrots and rutabaga, will still be thriving in the cool fall weather. Leeks grown from seed can be harvested in a short period of time if you do not mind a smaller size. Parsnips are slow to germinate and usually take 100 to 120 days before harvest, but parsnips still do well in Zone 3.
There are some fast-growing green vegetable seeds as well as cool weather loving green vegetable seeds that perform well in Zone 3. The seeds of snap peas and pole beans germinate quickly and produce well in Zone 3. The seeds of garden cress produce in 12 short days. The seeds of spinach, chard, parsley, cilantro and basil also are quick to produce a crop. The seeds of radicchio, collards, kale and escarole grow well in cool fall weather.
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