Thanksgiving Veggies to Plant Next Year

thanksgiving vegetables for your gardens

As we roll into another Thanksgiving season, some of us will be pulling in our haul from the garden and our cellars to make a homegrown, organic dinner; but most of us will make a very long, laborious trip to the grocery store to purchase produce and pre-made foods to use.

With our growing need to be sustainable, this begs the question: why don’t more of us just grow all our Thanksgiving produce? It’s not something you have to be an expert gardener to do; it just has to be planned in advance. Intrigued? So were we. Here are some veggies to consider planting next year for your Thanksgiving feast:

1. Beets—plant during spring or midsummer
2. Carrots—plant seeds in spring, early summer for full roots in fall
3. Cucumbers—plant seeds mid-May
4. Kale/Leafy Greens—plant seeds in early spring or summer
5. Herbs—planting season depends on type of herb
6. Brussel Sprouts—plant seeds in midsummer
7. Sweet Potatoes—plant slips after frost danger has passed, allow four months to harvest
8. Potatoes—plant early-mid-April
9. Turnips—sow seeds in April and August/September
10. Parsnips—plant early spring
11. Spinach—sow seeds early-mid-April for summer, early August for fall
12. Green Beans—plant after soil is 65oF or warmer
13. Corn—Plant after soil reaches 60o F, by July 1 at the latest
14. Pumpkins—plant seeds mid-May

If you are a beginning gardener, try to find plants that have already sprouted, rather than planting from seed. Seeding plants can be frustrating for new gardeners. If you are interested in learning how to seed, you can find out more information on About.com’s Gardening website. You can also find valuable information about proper pH levels for each type of plant you want to grow.

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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