A vegetable planting chart can be used to help you determine when to start growing and harvesting your vegetables. Though every chart is different, it will also tell you details like how to space your plants and what the minimum soil temperature for a plant is. Generally, planting charts are made for specific areas or states, so they are specific to a location’s climate.
A vegetable planting chart is a great tool for anyone who is just starting their vegetable garden and needs some guidelines. As you grow and experiment more with your vegetable garden, you can even make your own planting chart that will be specific for your garden.
For some reading a planting chart for the first time, some of the terms used may be confusing. Here are explanations for some of the more common categories of a vegetable planting chart.
How to Use a Vegetable Planting Chart: Spacing Instructions
There are several instructions for different types of spacing or depths in vegetable planting charts. Here’s what each one means:
- “Spacing rows” means how much space is needed between the rows; this is based typically on how much space the plant will need to set and fruit at maturity
- “Spacing plants” concerns how much space is needed between individual plants, and is also based on the size of the mature plant
- “Spacing beds” refers to the space the plants need to grow in raised beds, and does not allow for additional space between rows
- “Planting depth” or “seed depth” refers to how deep the seed should be planted in the soil
How to Use a Vegetable Planting Chart: Time Instructions
Vegetable planting charts have several categories that deal with ranges or amounts of time.
- “Start early” or “date to sow indoors” refers to when or how much earlier you should being growing a vegetable indoors before putting it in the ground
- “Planting dates” generally gives the range of times when it is ideal to actually put a vegetable in the ground
- “Maturity” refers to how much time it will take the plant to fully mature, or become an adult
While they are typically different, each vegetable planting chart will tell you everything you need to know to grow your vegetables. There are many vegetable planting charts available online, whether they are free or cost money. There are also vegetable growing calendars, which are similar but they will work on a month-by-month basis to guide you in the seeding and harvesting of your vegetables.