�When should I start my spring garden?� �Which varieties of vegetables should I plant?� These are two of the most commonly asked questions by home gardeners. The answer to the first question is usually straightforward � it depends primarily on the specific vegetable in question. The answer to the second question is not so simple either � it depends on several factors. The high temperatures of summer will be advancing upon us in a few weeks. Each vegetable performs best if planted within recommended planting dates, which are based on results from years of field trials. The earlier you can get your vegetables started within these recommended dates, the better. However, even if you plant after the recommended cut-off planting date, it only means that you may have to water more often and yields may not be as great � but something is better than nothing.

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