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Early to mid-summer is the perfect time to plan ahead for the rest of the growing season. The average first frost date for the Saint Paul area is Oct. 1, so there is still plenty of time to plant and get abundant crops! Check the backs of seed packages for days to maturity to help you decide what can be planted when, or use the general guide below:

Around July 1

(12 to 14 weeks before average first frost date, 84-98 days)

  • Bush beans and dry beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Summer and winter squash
  • Some melons and watermelons
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Collards
  • Kale — remember, you can harvest kale after the first snow!

Around July 15

(10 to 12 weeks before average first frost date, 70-84 days)

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Radishes

Around July 29

(8 to 10 weeks before average first frost date, 56-70 days)

  • Arugula
  • Lettuces
  • Asian greens
  • Spinach
  • Peas

Around Aug. 12

(6 to 8 weeks before average first frost date, 42-49 days)

  • Cilantro
  • More spinach and lettuce and radishes!
  • More peas — you may not get any peas, but you will have delicious tendrils for stir fries and salads!