First Year Crops

My list of garden fruits and vegetables that I'd like to grow is much larger than anything I can pull off this year. I still plan to grow several things, though, and I'm looking forward to getting things prepared for the season. 

I am hoping to be moved into the house by the beginning of June, but that may get pushed back if winter doesn't come to an end soon. For this year, I have created a shorter list of plants to grow outside in the garden. There will be plenty of work to get done before anything can be started. I still need to build the raised beds, and get them filled with compost and soil. I'll need to get the cattle panels setup on the raised beds for the plants I plan to put on cattle panel trellises and the cages for the tomatoes. I have narrowed my long list of vegetables down to:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Pumpkin
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers

A few facts to keep in mind when starting this garden is that I live in Zone 5B. The last frost date is considered to be April 15th and the first frost around October 1st. Many of the plants that I am planning on growing will be trellis trained. I plan to use Seed Starters out of Paper Pulp to avoid transplant shock as much as possible. All of this years seeds (except the bell peppers) are coming from Baker Creek Heirloom Tomatoes at RareSeeds.Com

Grow Time
Harvest Date
# Of Plants
Cantaloupe  80-90 Days  June 1st  September 9th Hale's Best 45 Melon 3 Requires a warm soil (70 degrees minimum)
Dependent on variety, 3-5 melons per vine
Cattle Panel
 May 20th  September 7th  Honeydew Tam Dew Melon Seeds Requires a warm soil (70 degrees minimum)
Dependent on variety, 3-5 melons per vine
Cattle Panel Trellis
 May 20th September 12th  New England Sugar Pie Pumpkin 4 I am hoping to feed some of these pumpkins to the chickens, and use other for baking pies, pumpkin bread. pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin cookies. Cattle Panel Trellis

 May 20th
June 20th
July 15th

Beginning of
July through

Boston Pickling Cucumber

 Marketmore 76 Cucumber

 1 of each per plant date

6 Total
 These will be used for slicing cucumbers, and for pickles! Cattle Panel Trellis
 TomatoesLarge  60-80 Days Plant indoors 
April 1st
Move outdoors
June 1st  
June or July

Sioux Tomatoes

Bonny Best Tomato

2 of each  variety

4 Total
 We have a tomato lover in our house, and I'm a big fan of making salsa, and sliced tomatoes for sandwiches. 
Any leftover tomatoes can be fed to the chickens
Heathglen Trellis 

Tomatoes Small

 60-70 Days

Plant indoors 
April 1st
Move outdoors
June 1st 

June or July 

Chidwick Cherry/Camp Joy Tomatoes

Riesentraube Tomato

3 of each variety

6 Total

Tomato lover's snack, and wonderful for putting in salads.
Leftover tomatoes can be fed to the chickens.
Heathglen Trellis 
 Bell Peppers
50-85 Days
(By Color) 

 Plant indoors 
in February
Move outdoors
when 4-6" or 2-3 weeks 
after last frost


Sweet Sunrise 


3 of each variety

6 Total 

 Do well in self-watering containers