The rainy weather this spring has prevented some Iowans from planting their vegetable gardens. Fortunately, there is still time to plant many vegetable crops. The last practical dates to plant specific crops in central Iowa are listed below. The last practical planting dates are one week earlier in northern Iowa. The dates for southern Iowa would be one week later.
June 20---tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, muskmelons*, watermelons*
July 1---lima beans, sweet corn*
July 20---cucumbers, summer squash
August 1---beets, carrots, snap beans, Swiss chard
* denotes early maturing varieties such as:
Muskmelon---Earlisweet, Burpee Hybrid
Watermelon---Sugar Baby, Petite Sweet, Mickeylee
Sweet Corn---Earliking, Aztec, Sundance, Seneca Horizon
This article originally appeared in the June 9, 1993 issue, p. 86.