Vegetable Planting Guide For The Ottawa Area

By George Bushell

1st Week of March   - Start onions from seeds indoors
                                                            - Place sweet potatoes in water to sprout indoors
1st Week of April      - Start tomatoes, peppers and eggplant indoors
                                                            - Start early brassicas and romaine lettuce indoors if you have a cold frame
Middle of April        - (or whenever soil can be worked) plant peas, radish, lettuce, spinach & a few onion sets for greens outdoors
3rd Week of April    - Transplant brassicas and romaine lettuce to cold frame
1st Week of May       - Start watermelon and cantaloupe indoors
                                                            - Start one container of slicing cucumbers indoors
                                                            - Plant beets and carrots for early harvest, Swiss chard and storage onions outdoors
Middle of May          - Start early corn outdoors (if soil reasonably warm)
                                                            - Plant early potatoes--
Last Week of May    - Cut sweet potato vines into 7-8” pieces and place in 2-3” of water to root
                                    -                       - Start mid-season corn, green beans, cucumbers and squash outdoors
-                                                                                             - Transplant tomatoes and peppers outdoors
1st Week of June       - Plant lima beans and okra outdoors
                                                            - Transplant sweet potatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes and slicing cucumber outdoors
2nd Week of June    - Plant late corn outdoors
                                                            - Plant  winter storage carrots, beets, rutabagas and potatoes outdoors at end of week
                                                            - Start late season brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli) outdoors for later transplanting
1st Week of July       - Plant Chinese vegetables/cabbage outdoors
                                                            - Transplant late season brassicas
Late August      - Start fall garden of radish, lettuce and onion sets
1st Week of Sept      - Start spinach and onion sets for spring harvest
Late Sept        - Plant garlic bulbs for spring harvest