[Video] Understanding “Days to Maturity”

Days to maturity is an important concept for gardeners – but this number is often misunderstood. Here’s what it really means – and how to use it for a successful garden plan…

When planting your garden crops, you have likely noticed a number on the seed package that is labeled as “days to maturity.” But what does this even mean, and how can it help you determine when to plant your seeds?

Days to maturity is an important concept for the vegetable gardener, as it helps you understand approximately when you will be able to harvest your crops, as well as how to time succession plantings for maximizing the use of your available garden space. However, there are some common misunderstandings around the concept which often leave gardeners feeling frustrated and confused.

The video below explains some important misconceptions about days to maturity and what it really means for various crops including root crops, greens, and fruiting crops.

(Please Note: Next week is our Spring Blogging Break Week, so we will not be posting – but be sure to check back the following week for more garden tips – and in the meantime, check out our Facebook page for lots of helpful gardening info!)


Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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  • Alison Stewart

    Well, that was an ah ha! moment. Thank you for the clarification. I will no longer be disappointed that my transplants are not ready ‘at the right time’!

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