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Everyone knows that with spring comes spring planting. You can plant all kinds of things in March, April or May and have plenty of time for a great harvest. Once summer is nearing the end, however, it becomes a little more confusing. So many vegetables just can not handle a frost so as soon as that frost hits they are goners. BUT…It does not automatically get cold in our zone just because it is September or even October so that gives us plenty of time to add some more plants to our garden and get another harvest before the frost. At the beginning of August in our zone we have 94 days until the first frost (November 6th). Now, we do not have time to start some tomatoes or peppers or a few other things, BUT there are many things that we can start right now. But how do we know what we can & can’t start? Keep reading to learn how.


You need THREE key pieces of information to determine if a plant can be started now.

  1. Look up the first frost date in your area. (Google “frost date city,state and it will come up)
  2. Determine how many days until your first frost date by counting them on a calendar or asking Siri or Alexa. 😉
  3. Look at your seed packet to see how many days to maturity for the seed.
  4. Subtract the #of days to maturity from days till first frost. If this number is positive you can plant now, if it is negative then you should wait till spring.

I don’t know about you, but I see a wonderful learning opportunity here for all those homeschool farmer kids. This activity is not only worthwhile, but also includes a bit of science, a bit of math, some deductive reasoning and more! Why not give this activity to your kiddos to add some fun and productive learning to your homeschool?

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