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Issue #58, July/August 1979


Photo: Tomato hornworm bearing cocoons of parasitic braconid wasps

To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 



Top Crops for Maritime Canada and New England:

Here are the Top Ten crops for Martime Canada and New England, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Maritime Canada and New England

1. Carrot
2. Cherry tomato
3. Cucumber
4. Slicing tomato
5. Summer squash
6. Bulb onion
7. Bush snap bean
8. Pole snap bean
9. Lettuce
10. Garlic

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family: Broccolikale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugulamache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, edamame, Peas (snow, shell, snap) 

Root crops:  Beetsparsnip, potatoesrutabaga, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family:  Peppers, tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleekrhubarbscallions, sweet corn 


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  


Arugula     XXX   
Beets    XXX   
Broccoli       XXX 
Brussels sprouts       XXX 





Celery      XXX 




Cauliflower       XXX 
Chinese cabbage       XXX 
Endive      XXX 


Kohlrabi    XXX  XXX 











Mustard    XXX   





Scallion (green onion)  




Spinach    XXX   




Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  


Beans, bush 



Mustard    XXX   
Oats, spring     XXX    
Radish    XXX   

Rye, winter 





* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.


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