The Best Time to Plant Vegetables in Ohio

Timing is everything when it comes to planning your vegetable garden. In Ohio, we experience true seasons where summers can be brutally hot and winters can be equally as cold. It’s important to keep this in mind as you plan how you will prepare your garden.

What to Know About Winter Frost

Best practice is to wait until the ground is workable to being planting your early spring crops. Winter frost typically begins sometime around September/October and will last until around the end of April.

Summer Vegetable Planting

We recommend beginning your summer planting as soon as the winter frost has stopped. Usually the safest time to begin is around the middle of May. Many summer crops like corn, beans, peppers and tomatoes will require a long growing season, so getting an early start will help create a bountiful garden.

Fall Vegetable Planting

Many vegetables grow best once the summer heat has subsided. Cool-season crops like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and kale will thrive into cooler temperatures. Begin your fall vegetable planning midsummer to ensure they grow well into the fall.

In Ohio, we have such a nice opportunity to grow delicious vegetables majority of the year. We would love to hear your favorites, tell us in the comments!