What You Can Grow!

What is the Goal for the Garden?

To maximize the use of available growing space, it is helpful to choose an objective for the garden or farm at the onset. Ask what is most important:

  1. Growing an abundance
  2. Growing to learn
  3. Growing for aesthetics
  4. Growing for variety

Choosing the primary goal will help guide decisions when creating a crop map after completing a site analysis at the initial consultation.

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Northeast/MA Crop Planting Schedule

The planting schedule for zone 6 determines WHAT can grow WHEN, encapsulated by the last frost date (in the spring) and first frost date (in the fall), unless using season extension like cold frames. Download a printer-friendly Planting Schedule.

Early Spring
(March)
in Cold Frames
Spring
(April-May)
Summer
(May-July)
Fall
(August-October)
  • *Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • *Broccoli Raab
  • Cabbage
  • *Carrots
  • *Chard
  • *Cilantro
  • *Collards
  • *Dill
  • *Greens (claytonia, mache, sorrel)
  • *Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • *Leeks
  • Lettuce (Head)
  • Lettuce (Loose)
  • *Mesclun Mix
  • Onions
  • *Parsley
  • Pea Shoots
  • *Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallions
  • *Spinach
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • *Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • *Broccoli Raab
  • Cabbage
  • *Carrots
  • *Chard
  • *Cilantro
  • *Collards
  • *Dill
  • *Greens (claytonia, mache, sorrel)
  • *Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • *Leeks
  • Lettuce (Head)
  • Lettuce (Loose)
  • *Mesclun Mix
  • Onions
  • *Parsley
  • Pea Shoots
  • *Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallions
  • *Spinach
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Bok Choy
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cucumbers
  • *Carrots
  • *Chard
  • *Collards
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Husk Cherry
  • Okra
  • Peppers, Sweet (Bell, Banana)
  • Peppers, Hot (Jalepeno, Habanero)
  • Potatoes
  • Potatoes, Sweet
  • Pumpkins (Mini)
  • Scallions
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes, Cherry
  • Tomatoes, Red Slicing
  • Tomatoes, Heirloom
  • Tomatillos
  • Winter Squash (Acorn, Butternut)
  • Zucchini
  • *Arugula
  • Beets (Plant in August)
  • Broccoli (Plant in August)
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli (Plant in August)
  • *Broccoli Raab
  • Cabbage (Plant in August)
  • *Carrots (Plant in August)
  • *Chard
  • *Cilantro
  • *Collards
  • *Kale
  • Kohlrabi (Plant in August)
  • Lettuce (Head)
  • Lettuce (Loose)
  • *Mesclun Mix
  • Peas Shoots
  • *Radishes
  • Scallions
  • *Spinach

*Starred crops can grow well in as low as 4 1/2hrs of sunlight.

Perennial Herbs Edible Flowers
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • ^Lemon Balm
  • Marjoram
  • ^Mint
  • ^Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Savory
  • Stevia
  • Sage
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Echinacea
  • Nasturtium
  • *Pansies
  • Sunflowers
  • *Violas
  • Marigold (Ornamental)
  • *Snapdragon (Ornamental)
  • Zinnia (Ornamental)

*Starred crops can grow well in low light gardens with 4 or more hours of sunlight.
^These are spreading herbs and can take over the bed if allowed. Separate containers are recommended.

Perennial herbs will likely come back each year. However some are particularly sensitive to cold and may need to be protected for the winter (insulated or brought indoors). Some edible flower varieties may be used for salads, garnish, infusions, or for their seeds. All flowers attract beneficial insects.

Berries and Fruit Trees

Order by March 1st for full selection. Our order recommendations are based on a family of 4.

Berry Variety Number of Plants
  • Blueberry (Highbush)
  • Raspberry (Yellow, Red or Black)
  • Blackberry <small(Thorny or Thornless)
  • Strawberry
  • 6-12
  • 10-25
  • 5-10
  • 25-50
Tree Variety Number of Plants Spacing
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Cherry
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • 2-3
  • 2
  • 1-3
  • 1-2
  • 2-3
  • 1-3
  • 8-12ft Circle
  • 8-12ft Circle
  • 5-8ft Circle
  • 8-12ft Circle
  • 8-12ft Circle
  • 8-12ft Circle

Fruit Trees in Containers

Dwarfing Fruit trees can do well in containers. They will not perform as well as in the ground, but with proper pruning they will produce and bear fruit for many years to come. Let us know if you would like to grow fruit in containers due to contaminated soil or lack of growing space.

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Massachusetts is in zone 6 on the plant hardiness chart, and plenty of edible plant varieties thrive in this climate.

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