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WHAT TO PLANT IN
May

Central/Midwest Region

 

Central-Midwest Gardening Region map 


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Author, Stalking the Wild Asparagus

Issue #15, May/June 1972

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 Central and Midwest Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for the Midwest region, 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: Central and Midwest Region

1. Slicing tomato
2. Sweet pepper
3. Cherry tomato
4. Onion
5. Bush snap bean
6. Carrot
7. Garlic
8. Paste tomato
9. Snow/snap pea
10. Lettuce
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbagecollards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkinsummer squash, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chardmustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach, turnip 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, pole snap beans, shell peas, Southern peas

Root crops:  Beet, parsnip, potato, rutabaga, shallotturnip 

Tomato family:  Hot peppers, tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleekokra, rhubarbscallion, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beans, yard-long    XXX   
Beans, snap    XXX   
Beans, dry    XXX   
Beans, lima    XXX   

Beet 

  

XXX 

  

Broccoli  

 

XXX  

XXX  

Brussels sprouts 

    XXX 

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Cauliflower      XXX 

Cantaloupe 

  XXX  XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  

Chard 

 

 XXX    
Corn    XXX   
Cucumber    XXX  XXX 
Edamame    XXX   
Eggplant 

 

    XXX 
Fennel, bulb 

 

 XXX   XXX 

Kale 

 

  

XXX 

Kohlrabi 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Leek  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

 

Parsnip    XXX   

Peppers 

 

    XXX 
Pumpkin    XXX   

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Scallion (green onion)  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Squash, summer    XXX  XXX 

Squash, winter 

  

XXX 

 XXX 
Tomato 

XXX 

    XXX 
Watermelon  XXX  XXX  XXX 

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

XXX  XXX  XXX  

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Marjoram  

 

  

 XXX 

Parsley  

 

XXX 

 XXX 

Rosemary 

     XXX  

Sage 

      XXX 

Savory, summer  

 

 XXX 

 XXX 

Thyme 

     XXX 

RESOURCES

* 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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