When to plant broccoli, lettuce and peas in NJ?

last1earthMarch 11, 2011

I've never actually grown broccoli before. I have been reading up on when to plant it, but am still confused. Guidelines say to plant it when the soil can be worked (also peas and lettuce). But would'nt the cold temperatures hurt them? I don't get it- how can you know exactly when? And do you plant seeds or seedlings (which I have grown, they are small still).

Should I start lettuce indoors now? When should I palnt it?

If I grow peas, will they be done producing by the time it is to plant tomatoes? And again how do I know when to plant them exactly?

Thanks any advice appreciated. I just don't get it.

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stuffradio

For me, I was supposed to plant Broccoli indoors starting March 1st. I'm in zone 8. One of the local seed places have a calendar for my area, so maybe see if one of your local ones also have a calendar for your area.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:38PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Broccoli transplants, right? Wait another 10 days-2 weeks normally but given what I have heard about the weather in your area it may be longer. But you can start your seeds indoors now. Have you even been able to till your garden soil yet? If so then lettuce and pea seeds can be planted now or even 2 weeks from now.

How you know when is by watching your weather forecasts and checking your soil temps. Each variety of plant has a specific ranges of soil temps needed for seed germination. Many charts are available on the web.

If I grow peas, will they be done producing by the time it is to plant tomatoes?

English green peas? No they will still be producing so save some room for the first tomato plants some where else. Once the peas are finished you can put some later tomato plants there. They don't all have to be planted at the same time.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 5:20PM
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daylilyfanatic4(Zone 6 SE NY)

I'm in Zone 6 SE NY so Were about the same climate. Lettuce can be planted indoors now. You could wait a week or two to plant it directly outside. Wait till about the 20th to direct sow peas or plant them in the late fall and cover them for the winter. Broccoli should be started indoors about FEB 25th or buy transplants and plant them about april 1. Snow peas will be done by tomato season other peas will not be. Do Not plant if your soil is wet. Plant inside instead. to test it take a handful squeeze it and if you can crumble it apart then you can plant.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 5:35PM
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andyinnyc

last1earth - where in NJ are you? I'm in Mercer County.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 5:54PM
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