Often garden timings refer to last and first frost dates. To estimate when the last frost will occur in the spring and the first in the fall, use the handy link located in the Resources box at right.
A great tool for confirming that you are planting at the right time is a soil thermometer. A soil thermometer has a sturdy metal stem you insert into the planting bed for an instant and accurate reading of the soil temperature. You can also use a compost thermometer, which has a longer stem. A compost thermometer can be used for both compost and soil measurements.
Visit the Vegtables Forum at GreatLakesGardeners.com to get answers to your growing vegetables questions. To ask a new question, Register if you haven't already done so(it's free and helps protect the forum from spam), click on Start New Topic, enter your question and click on Post New Topic.
For a detailed spring planting schedule, check out this Vegetable Planting Schedule.