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Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Jesus Saves, Jul 31, 2006.
I am in zone 5. When should I plant? I have never planted these before. Thanks
Your zone only tells you how cold it gets during the winter. It's useful for knowing if something is an annual or a perennial, but not for knowing when to plant.
What you need to do is find out when your average first frost date is.
Then look on your seed packets or in the catalog you used to order the seeds. See how many days it takes until they mature.
Plant the romaine so it will be harvested well before the first frost date (I'd say 2 or 3 weeks at least but I've not grown romaine - maybe someone else will chime in and give better info).
Plant the spinach so it's ready to be harvested the week of the first frost, or maybe a week before. Spinach doesn't mind frost.
Plant about 60 days before your first frost date Both will take a slight frost. Spinich more then the lettuce. When I lived in Iowa I planted most of my Fall Garden around the 15th of Aug.