Gardeners, it’s time to get out there.
I know it may not feel like it lately with our terrible spring but believe it or not you vegetable gardener’s, it’s time to start planting.
Ok, before you run out and start putting those seeds in the ground there are a few things you need to do first.
1. Make sure your soil is in good shape. If you are a composter add that good stuff to your soil. Here in the northwest our soil tends to be full of clay and if that’s the case till your soil and add some really good organic material to it and some dolomite. Mix up reall y well so you will have some very happy soil for your plants.
Next, be sure to know what to plant at each season.
When it’s still chilly out and early in the season start with radishes, green leaf lettuce, peas, beets and carrots.
By late April go ahead and start broccoli, spinach and cauliflower.
For your beans, squash, and tomatoes wait until the night time temperatures start to warm up.
Now once your seeds start coming up you are not done.
One of the most important things you can do to get the greatest yields is to thin out your seedlings according to each vegetable you have planted. All are different so follow the instructions on the packets.
If you want to grow herbs I have found through my experience that sage, rosemary and tyme are very hardy and can be planted early whereas basil needs very warm weather to grow well.
If you want to do peppers be sure to keep them warm!
As for what has worked best for me: bush and pole beans, zuchinni, swiss chard, sweet peas and cucumbers. My tomatoes do great but I find it best to plant in big black pots ( to keep them warm) and when I plant them I bury 75% of the plant to promote a great root growth.
The time has come, now get out there and enjoy your garden no matter how big or small.