When to Plant Vegetables in New Jersey?


Determining when to plant vegetables depends on which ones you are planning to put in your New Jersey garden. Some vegetables thrive in cooler weather while others won't grow until the warmer summer days have arrived.

Cool Weather

  • Begin planting cool weather crops like peas, lettuce and radishes in April or May in New Jersey, according to Rutgers University. Other cool weather vegetables include spinach, turnips and leeks. Try to plant them in April to ensure an adequate amount of time to grow before the summer heat arrives -- but you may have to wait until May for the ground to be workable.

Warm Weather

  • Tomatoes, broccoli, all types of peppers, okra and eggplant are considered warm weather vegetables and should be planted later than lettuce and peas. These can be planted when the weather begins to warm in May and early June. If you plant warm weather vegetables at an earlier date, the cold weather will potentially kill your crops.


  • Plant another round of cool weather vegetables, such as lettuce and radishes, in late August and early September, according to Rutgers University. That way you have another crop before the frost hits. Try to rotate where you plant your vegetables so you're not putting the same crop in the same location for two consecutive plantings.

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