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WHAT TO PLANT IN
May

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

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"Working with the earth, smelling it, improving it, watching things grow in it made me feel good. It slowed me down and made life seem OK even if I was depressed or sad."

 

Grow Your Own by Jeanne Darlington

Issue Number 3, May/June 1970

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 Mid-Atlantic Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, 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: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
 2. Sweet pepper
 3. Cherry tomato
 4. Pole snap bean
 5. Bush snap bean
 6. Garlic
 7. Potato
 8. Snow/snap pea
 9. Summer squash
 10. Bulb onion
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types), Southern pea

Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleek, okra, scallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beans, snap 

  

XXX 

  

Beet 

  

XXX 

  

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Cantaloupe    XXX  XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  

Chard 

 

 XXX    
Corn    XXX   
Cucumber  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Edamame    XXX   
Eggplant 

 

    XXX 
Endive 

 

XXX 

 

Fennel, bulb 

 

    XXX 

Gourds 

 

XXX 

 

Leek  

 

 XXX 

XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

 

Okra    XXX   

Onions, bulb  

 

  

XXX  

Parsnip    

XXX 

  

Peppers 

 

    XXX 
Pumpkin    XXX   

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Radicchio 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Scallion (green onion)  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Squash, summer    XXX  XXX 

Squash, winter 

  

XXX 

 

Tomato 

 

    XXX 

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

XXX     XXX 

Chives 

    XXX 

Cilantro 

  XXX    
Dill    XXX   

Fennel, leaf  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Horseradish 

    XXX 

Marjoram  

 

  

 XXX 

Parsley  

 

XXX 

 XXX 

Rosemary 

      XXX 

Sage 

      XXX 

Savory, summer  

 

  

 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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