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Apr 8, 2017 1:43 PM CST

I am new to gardening and would like to start growing my own herbs and vegetables.

I have been reading books on how to grow your own, and they mention the first and last average frost dates. Where I live (Malta, an island in Europe), it never gets down to 0 degrees Celcius, it never snows here basically.

So my question is, what do I do to calculate when to plant the cool and warm weather vegetables? There aren't any frost date calculators for my country of course as it doesn't frost here.

Does it mean I can grow all year long?

Thanks a lot!
Name: Elaine
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Apr 8, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Hi and welcome! I'm in Florida, USA so we don't get much in the way of frost or cold temperatures either.

I plant my warm season vegetables any time after about the end of February, depending upon the weather. This year it was the 3rd week of March before it was dependably warm enough i.e. the night temperatures stayed above 10 to 12deg. C but I do start my transplants of things like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant and basil indoors about a month before that. Here, tomatoes bear well as long as the night temperatures stay below about 20deg. C but once the "tropical" part of our year arrives, they stop bearing fruit and eventually die off.

For my cool season garden, as soon as the nights are getting really cool, down to say 5deg. C I start planting salad greens, peas and the cabbage family - broccoli, cauliflower etc. That is usually about the middle of November here, but again you have to watch your weather forecast. There are no set "rules". Gardening is dictated by the weather.
They will take very cool temperatures and taste better if the daytimes aren't above about 25deg. C too. Especially lettuce will get bitter if we have a run of really warm weather in the winter. Choose your varieties accordingly - there are some that will say "heat tolerant" and those are able to be planted and grown into the springtime warmth somewhat.

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