Broccoli grows in a raised bed garden

The temptation to get your garden growing may come on strong in early spring, but gardeners should know that the hardier the vegetable, the more likely it is to survive the cold weather.

Potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, as well as spinach, lettuce and turnips are all considered hardy enough to withstand the wintry weather, and can be planted four to six weeks before the frost-free date in the spring.

On the other hand, crops such as watermelon, cucumbers, pumpkins and cantaloupe love the warmth, and should be planted one to two weeks after the frost-free date.

Find more information on cold-hardy spring vegetables in our Spring Gardening Guide.

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  1. We love Red Gold tomatoes! I have a garden and hope you can advise me on tomato plants. Ours grow tall and spendly, how do I keep them low and full?
    Thanks for your help.


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