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Help with pre-main season planting options!

Posted by Hieron OH (6a) (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 21, 13 at 15:18

Hello - Would anyone be willing to provide some suggestions/insights on what kinds of things I can plant early in the season where my tomatoes and peppers will eventually go?

I know several crops that could be planted and ready for harvest in time - lettuce, chard, spinach, radishes, and broccoli raab, for example - but from my reading this off-season I think those are all heavy-feeders and a bad idea to follow up with tomatoes or peppers. The only thing I can think of are snap peas, but they're not quite quick enough.

Anyway any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks very much; have a good one.


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RE: Help with pre-main season planting options!

Favas? Depends when your ground is frost free and when your tomatoes go in. Or just grow the peas for shoots if they're too slow to pod up. Personally, I don't think of lettuce and chard as particularly heavy feeders.

RE: Help with pre-main season planting options!

Well my last frost date is 4/29, so ideally I'd like to transplant tomatoes and peppers on 5/06. Fava beans are a good idea in terms of hardiness but I don't think they'd be ready for harvest in time.

Unless someone has any strong opinions on it, I think I'm just going to plant the things I mentioned above, add some good compost after harvest, and plant the tomatoes/peppers and keep notes on how they do. I wouldn't have thought lettuce etc. would be heavy feeding either, I'm just going off what I've read this past fall/winter. Hopefully I'll learn from trying it this year and have a solid plan for next year!

Anyway thanks for the thoughts! If anyone else wants to chime in I'd always love more suggestions/opinions.

RE: Help with pre-main season planting options!

Snow peas. They are sown before the last frost and are finished as soon as temps warm up enough for peppers and tomatos.

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