Tuftonboro Agricultural Commission (TAC)
Despite the snow still on the ground, it’s time to think of gardening, whether it’s vegetables and/or flowers. It’s time to sign up for your Community Garden plot(s). Think warm thoughts, and start your seedlings. Remember, whether you grow your own or by seedlings to transplant, according to UNH Extension, the most critical factor is soil temperature. It is also important to harden off your seedlings before transplanting.
Soil Temperature Guidelines for Vegetable Crops
Crops that will germinate in the coolest soils, down to 40° F (4° C)
Arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, bok choi, parsnips, peas, radicchio, radish, and spinach seed
Crops that will germinate with a soil temperature above 50° F (10° C)
Chinese cabbage, leeks, onions, Swiss chard, and turnips
Crops that will germinate with a soil temperature at or above 60° F (16° C)
Beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower.
NOTE: Beans will not tolerate any frost and may have to be planted again if the temperature goes below freezing
Crops that will germinate with a soil temperature above 70° F (21° C)
Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, and melons.
In Progress: Check out the TAC Local Producers webpage: https://www.tuftonboro.org/sites/tuftonboronh/files/uploads/tac_local_pr.... This list includes local producers of agricultural products as well as those individuals interested in sharing their knowledge. If you would like to be included on this list, please send a note to Joan Magrauth through the Town Office.