Get the most out of your gardening year by planting your garden according to the season. Knowing what and when to plant certain fruits and vegetables can have you harvesting food in every season of the year!
Asparagus, Rhubarb, and Strawberries
These three are the first to start providing in the year. These plants are perennials that go dormant during the coldest months of the year but begin to thrive as soon as the ground begins to thaw. Get these planted in your garden ASAP, as soon as the ground is thawed and soft. They will produce more and more every year! No need to replant!
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, etc (Brassicas)
The brassicas belong to the cabbage family. These can tolerate freezing temperatures in the early spring. Get seedlings transplanted in late February to early March for a mid to late May harvest. These plants actually prefer cold weather as hot temperature can cause them to flower and go to seed.
Peas, Beans, Carrots, Radishes, and Lettuces
Another spring crop that prefers cool weather. Directly sow you seeds in thawed, evenly moist soil in mid March through late April . These will germinate within 2 weeks and be ready to harvest by late May through June, before the weather gets too hot.
Potatoes, Onions, and Corn
Get these planted in early April as they need a long growing season. You won’t be harvesting these until end of August to early September, but the longer they are in the ground the better. A light frost won’t harm them.
Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cucumbers
These summer vegetables love heat and do not tolerate cold weather. Wait until the end of May or early June to get them in the ground. Peppers are especially sensitive to temperatures below 50 so wait a little longer to plant your peppers.
Time to get your winter veggies in the ground again so they can get established before the days become too short. The cabbage family will survive through the winter and grow slowly but you can get harvests as early as January if you get your seedlings in the ground by end of September.
Pop these in the ground no later than Halloween for a mid-summer harvest! Garlic needs to establish it’t roots over the winter and a cold snap to grow big bulbs!
There you have it! Vegetables for every season! HAPPY GARDENING!!!
Samira Bouldt, is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist at Saint Mary’s Fitness Center.