growing vegetables in connecticut

Growing Vegetables In Connecticut Is A Lot Easier Than You Think

Knowing what you consume with your food is spiritually empowering and physically healthy.  It gives you a wonderful sense of having a better control of your life and your body. And of course, the only way to gain that knowledge is to do it yourself. Good news is that you can plant a vegetable garden on your porch or in your yard. The amount of vegetables you can grow depends on the size of the garden and the amount of time you are willing to dedicate to this hobby.

So although my team understands landscaping and yard maintenance, we are not exactly farmers. Therefor, learning about this topic is exciting to me and I would love to do it together with anyone that is interested. I will build a vegetable garden on my porch and will post information that helps me throughout this process. Lets do this together!

To start growing vegetables in Connecticut, first thing I thought of, was what vegetables can I actually start growing? To help me decide, I found a planting calendar specific to this region and a quick start guide on organic gardening. I’m using these two pieces of information to help me decide on which vegetables I will grow this year. Note, we won’t completely know what we will plant until we decide on the amount of space that will be dedicated to this garden. The goal is to understand gardening basics from this post and once we learn how to actually build a garden, we will be able to logically choose which vegetables we can plant.

Connecticut Planting Calendar

Just a disclaimer, I didn’t make this, I’ll post the owner of this information at the end of the article.

For outdoor growing, It is necessary to plant vegetable seeds at the right time in order to maximize harvest yields. Every plant has its ideal temperature level so its best to avoid planting the seeds during the time of year when the temperature can fall below those levels. This is called plant hardiness. Official definition of plant hardiness according to Google is:

“A hardiness zone is a geographically-defined zone in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing, as defined by temperature hardiness, or ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone.”

Connecticut is in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-7.
Connecticut Last & First Frost Dates in Major cities. (These seven cities summarizes the frost dates of our entire state.)
City Last Frost Date First Frost Date
Danbury 5/15 9/22
Falls Village 6/3 9/12
Hartford 5/12 9/23
Mt. Carmel 5/14 9/24
Norwalk 5/8 10/2
Storrs 5/14 9/24
West Thompson 6/4 9/13

*Based on statistics there is a 10% chance that frost will occur before or after these dates. Watch your local weather for more accurate dates.

Connecticut on average has approximately 135 days between the last and first frost. Using the planting schedules below will help you get the most out of your garden.

Vegetable Growing Schedule by Zone

Seventh Zone

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Sixth Zone

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Fifth Zone

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Source: Urban Farmer

Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet

After getting an idea of which vegetables you may want to grow, go through the next infographic to see what it takes to grow these vegetables

Summary:

  • When to plant
  • How far apart to plant seeds
  • propagating tips
  • greenhouse tips
  • What size pot to plant in
  • Distance to thin seedlings out to
  • Germination & maturation times
  • Which pests to look out for
  • What veg works best together
  • When to harvest

Source: Good To Be Home

Finally…

Now that we have the basics down, let see what we need to do in order to build our first garden. Stay Tuned!