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Vegetable Gardening: Tips For The New England Gardener

Jennifer Howard | Cottage on Bunker Hill

Here are a few easy tips for growing vegetables in New England for a successful gardening season and the best results.

Grow Zone

The first thing to do is figure out what grow zone you live in. This will determine when it's safe to plant tender veggies.  New England ranges from zone 4-zone 7.

New England is perfect for growing cool weather vegetables because of our mild Spring temps. Here are a few: -Snow Peas/Sugar Snaps -Broccoli/Cauliflower -Lettuces/Spinach 


Buy Plants 

In New England, it's best to buy plants like tomatoes & peppers...there is not enough time to start these by seed in the garden. (or start indoors)


 Use Raised Beds

New England soil can be rocky and acidic, so using raised beds filled with nutrient-rich soil can help ensure your plants have the best growing conditions.



Mulching around your plants can help retain moisture in the soil, prevent weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Try grass clippings, straw, or salt marsh hay.

Vegetables need consistent moisture to grow, so make sure to water your plants regularly, especially during dry spells. Cucumbers can become bitter from heat stress and drought so make sure they are getting plenty of water.


New England has its fair share of pests, so protect your vegetables with netting, row covers, or other barriers to keep them safe from insects and animals.

Be sure to keep harvesting your veggies so your plants keep producing.