Spring Gardening – What to Plant and When to Plant it
Hooray for the Spring! I can finally take my daughter outside without having to put on six layers. I want to make sure that we have another summer of growing what we eat, even if it’s just a couple of crops.
It starts off with the preparation. I used a few spare planks to nail together and create a raised border to fill up with organic soil and compost. Then we just add a few bean poles and string them together to give the climbing plants like peas and beans something to grip onto.
Let’s get started.
Spring-Summer Gardening Calendar
Before it starts really warming up, plant lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts and onions.
Start warmer-season plants indoors or in a greenhouse. Plant tomatoes, peppers, or eggplants in planter trays and let them get started.
Plant flowers and bring the bees to your garden for pollinating the veggies. It’s time to bring the seedlings that you started inside, and put them out in your garden. Although if you’re lucky enough to have a greenhouse, you can keep your tomatoes in there but keep an eye on how hot it gets in there.
|Vegetable||Start seed indoors||Plant seed or plant outdoors|
|Asparagus||Mid April – Early May|
|Beans||Mid May – Early July|
|Beets||Mid April – Early July|
|Broccoli||March 1 – 15||Mid April – Early June|
|Brussels sprouts||March 1 – 15||Mid April – Early June|
|Cabbage, early||March 1 – 15||Mid April – Early May|
|Cabbage, late||April 15 – May 1||Early June|
|Cabbage, Chinese||Early July|
|Carrots||Mid April – Mid June|
|Cauliflower||March 1 – 15||Mid April – Early June|
|Celery||Feb. 15 – March 1||Mid May|
|Chard, Swiss||Early May|
|Cucumbers||Mid May – Mid June|
|Eggplant||March 15 – April 1||Early June|
|Horseradish||Mid April – Early May|
|Kale||Mid April – Mid July|
|Lettuce, leaf||Mid April – Early June|
|Lettuce, head||March 1 – 15||Mid April – Early May|
|Onion, sets||Mid April|
|Parsley||Mid April – Early May|
|Parsnips||Early – Mid May|
|Peas||Mid April – Mid May|
|Pepper||March 15 – April 1||Early June|
|Potatoes, Irish||Mid April – Early June|
|Potatoes, sweet||April 15 (roots)||Early June|
|Pumpkin||Mid May – Early June|
|Radish||Mid April – Early June|
|Rhubarb||Mid April – Mid May|
|Rutabaga||Mid May – Mid June|
|Squash, summer||Mid May – Early June|
|Squash, winter||Mid May – Early June|
|Sweet corn||Mid May – Early June|
|Tomato||April 1 – 15||Mid May – Early June|
|Turnip||Mid April or Early August|