Who is planning on cultivating a Vegetable Garden this year? We have done a garden before, but I really want to take it more seriously this year, so I thought I would share some of my ideas and plans with you. I’ll be blogging a few helpful posts over the next few weeks. One of the first things you need to figure out is when to plant a garden. This will vary greatly depending on the part of the US you are in. Let’s go over a few basics so you can figure out when the to plant your garden.
1. Warm and Cool Season Vegetables
Did you know vegetables are classified as either warm or cool season vegetables? When you are in the planning stages of your garden it is important to know whether the vegetables you want to plant are warm or cool season. If you live in an area that has a long growing season, your garden will probably do better with warm vegetables. If you live in an area that has very seasonal temperatures, you will probably be successful with cool and warm season vegetables (as long as you plant them at the correct times). Here are some examples of popular warm and cool season vegetables:
Warm Vegetables – tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, okra and sweet potatoes
Cool Vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and onions
You have probably heard that the US is divided into climate zones. It is vital that you know which zone you live in, so you know what vegetables will grow best when. You can find what zone you live in here, just input your zip code. Once you know your zone, make sure you check your last and first frost. You can do that easily here. Just put in your zip code and the calculator will give you a projected last frost and first frost date. This will help you plan the best times to plant your garden.
3. Know What to Plant When
Let’s get ready to plant! Once you understand the basics of what we’ve discussed, you are ready to consider what vegetables you want to plant. Choose vegetables you and your family will enjoy. After you’ve narrowed down what you’d like to plant, head over here for a detailed list of different vegetables and when best to plant them. The dates on the chart will be specific to your area.
There are a TON of vegetables on this list, so it’s important to not get overwhelmed and just stick with the original vegetables you had planned on trying. If you want an even more detailed planting schedule, you can also try this one.
Let’s Get Gardening
You are going to be successful with your garden! The key is to start small, and plant things your family (and friends and neighbors) will enjoy. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Starting a garden go from exciting to daunting in a heartbeat. If you start small, you are more likely to be successful – and more likely to continue with it in the future. Stay tuned because next week we will continue talking about gardening.
We would love for you to come back and share your garden stories with us. When do you start your garden?