Live in Zone 6? Then you have an abundance of vegetable planting options!
Although USDA Hardiness Zone 6 is characterized as having a medium length growing season, the region is suited to both warm and cold weather plants, rendering it accommodating to all but the most tender or those that rely exclusively on hot, dry weather to thrive.
About Zone 6
Hardiness zones—also referred to as planting zones or growing zones—are the colored-coded areas found on the USDA Hardiness Zone Map indicating to gardeners where certain plants will best thrive depending on their environment. USDA Hardiness Zone 6 encompasses Massachusetts and Rhode Island, extends southwest through parts of New York and New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Not sure if you’re in Zone 6? Consult the Hardiness Gardening Zone Finder.
When to Plant Vegetables in Zone 6
You can safely plant vegetables outside after the last frost date indicated by a zone. The last frost date in Zone 6 falls between May 1 and May 15. This will, of course, vary due to our constantly changing weather patterns and is intended as a general guideline.
What Vegetables to Plant in Zone 6
While you may have to start some seeds indoors in March and April, you can transplant your seedlings outside in May or June and experience a long and fruitful growing season. The best plants for Zone 6 that can be sown outside as early as May include common garden varieties of:
- Brussels Sprouts
How to Care for Vegetables in Zone 6
No matter what vegetables you plant, feed them H-G Plant Food and you’ll be well on your way to higher quality, more productive, more nutritious vegetables!
Simply apply one spray pump of H-G Plant Food on plant foliage and soil media every 7-14 days, making first application one week after plant emergence or transplanting.
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