University of Maryland Extension

Vegetable Crops

Have fun and grow your own vegetables! Choose from the thousands of varieties from seed companies, seed saver exchanges, and fellow gardeners.

Vegetable Crop Profiles below provide information on planting, cultivation, harvesting and more. We also have information to help you diagnose a vegetable problem.



Bitter GourdGreen PeasRadishesWinter Squash
BroccoliLeafy GreensSalad GreensGiant Pumpkins
Brussels SproutsLeeksSouthern Peas
CantaloupeMuskmelonSummer Squash 
CarrotsOkraSweet Corn 
CauliflowerOnionsSweet Potatoes 
When to Plant
vegetable planting calendar(click images to enlarge)
vegetable planting calendar page 2
(PDF) GE 007 Vegetable Planting Calendar, pg. 1GE 007, pg. 2

Other Planting Charts:
(PDF) HG 16 - Planting Dates For Vegetable Crops in Maryland
(Excel) GE 008 - Spring Planting Guide for Vegetables: A Dynamic Chart for Maryland Gardeners (requires Microsoft Excel)

For the beginning vegetable gardener, deciding what to plant can be overwhelming.  Below are some suggestions for the first time grower.

For additional information, see (PDF) HG 70 Recommended Vegetable Cultivars for Maryland Home Gardens for suggestions by Maryland Master Gardeners. They have performed well over a wide range of soil and weather conditions in different locations around the state.

If you need more information on a specific vegetable, please send a question via our Ask a Gardening Expert widget.

Vegetable Gardening Glossary 

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