Vegetable Garden Planting Schedule: What does “days to maturity” mean?

Three little words on seeds packets cause so many questions!

“Days to maturity” is an important concept when you’re planning your vegetable garden. You want to know when things will first be ready to harvest, as well as when that space will be free to grow something else. Here’s what days to maturity means for roots, greens and fruits.

Vegetable Garden Planting Schedule: What’s ready to harvest in 3 weeks?

I have a small growing space, so I’m always thinking about harvest speed. I want to know how quickly the first round of vegetables will be ready for harvest and make sure I have a continual supply of food for rest of the season. Here’s what I seeded indoors, transplanted and direct seeded outdoors 3 weeks ago and what it all looks like now.

Something I forgot to mention in the video is that those little baby lettuce seeds that were direct seeded outdoors… they are growing unusually slow because of low temperatures and only 4 hours of sunlight. Did you know that lettuce seeds will germinate in just 2-3 days at 75 F, but 7-10 days at 50 F (on average). That’s a big difference, right?! So you could speed up the process by covering your vegetable garden with plastic. Plastic could warm up the soil a good 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Doesn’t have to be fancy, you could re-cycle a clear plastic jar or tub you have lying around.

You don’t need seeds to grow your own herbs…

Want to fast track your herb garden? Growing rosemary from seed is a pain in the butt and takes forever. Do this instead. It’s a quick garden hack (literally). This works great for basil, sage, oregano, mint, lemon balm, tarragon, marjarom and scented geraniums too.

Depending on where you live, some herbs are perrenial and will grow back each year. Even in Brooklyn, sage, thyme, lavendar, mint and oregano would grow back each year. But rosemary never really made it. And softer plants like basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, had shorter life cycles so I planted lots of seeds.

I have to say… It was frustrating to NOT have rosemary in the spring. I liked a lot of it, and it could be expensive buying a dozen mature transplants. So about this time of year, I would start creating my own rosemary plants. Not from seed, though, because like I mentioned, that takes FOREVER!

Why grow your own food? – New Homegrown Revolution

I’m kicking off 2018 with a video about WHY I do what I do here on this channel. Millions of people around the world already think that cultivating a vegetable garden is one of the most nourishing activities on the planet. Here’s why homegrown food is on people’s wish list and how joining a movement can make gardening a whole lot simpler rather than doing it all on your own. How long have you been a part of the Homegrown Revolution?

Best garden fertilizer is not what you expect

I get asked all the time about garden fertilizers. I have an unusual answer and video for you today. This is not your typical How To Video. And I mention this project in the video: Every day is a good day to give. Donate and support teens growing thousands of pounds of fresh food for their community.

What does 6″ empty garden space cost you?

I know how every square inch in my garden contributes to more food on my plate. Because I run calculations like “How much is that empty 6″ space in my garden worth in groceries?” Turns out it’s quite a bit. If you’re looking for the Register button mentioned at the end of the video… here’s that link:…

3 Tips to maximize harvest & simplify your garden routine

I have a trick that helps me get the most out of my garden… more harvest, less work. Most planting schedules are too simple to get the best results. I guarantee if you create a roadmap for the whole season (a crop plan), you will increase your harvest and reduce your efforts. Here’s 3 tips for how to focus your garden efforts. I mention registration for class at the end of this video… here’s that link! —…