When can I plant Neeps in Zone 3b

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

In Zone 3b you can determine when it's a good idea to plant neeps by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Neeps

Frost tolerance for neeps: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Neeps do not do well in cold weather which tells us that it is important to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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A good time to plant neeps
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant neeps
Probably not a good time to plant neeps

The earliest that you can plant neeps in Zone 3b is May. However, you really should wait until June if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant neeps and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your neeps may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your neeps indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on May 15 in Zone 3b. We can expect an average low temperature of -35°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 3b is an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 3b it frosts late in the year after May 15 be ready to cover your neeps in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 3b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 3b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)May 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)September 15
Lowest Expected Low-35°F
Highest Expected Low-30°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -35°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -30°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 3b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 3b.