The first garden in 2009 was a disaster of weeds and clay. Thanks to the internet and the many gardening books my research lead me to raised bed gardening and it's been a joy since. My family growing up always had a garden so when I married and moved to this home it was the natural thing to do. It's become a place of healing and better therapy then I ever imagined. It's constantly evolving and spreading and may soon include more of the front yard. Watch out neighbors!
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sow What, Sow When?
The Garden Planting Calendar
vegetable planning guide for
Your frost-free growing season lasts 178 days. On average,
your frost-free growing season starts Apr 19 and ends Oct 14.
Cole crops likebroccoli, cauliflower, and cabbagecan be direct seeded into your garden around March 8, assuming
the ground can be worked, but it's better to start them indoors around
February 9 and then transplant them into the garden around March 30. Do the
starts and potatoesaround
February 19. Sow the seeds ofpeas(sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is
still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.
Do you want to growtomatoes,
peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around February 9.
Then, around April 15 you should start watching the weather forecast and,
as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant those into the
Now, for all the summer vegetables likebeans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins,
cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you
should plant those seeds directly into the ground around April 19.
How accurate is all this? For nearly all locations, we are
confident in the dates. There are, however, some difficult areas of the
world that don't match up perfectly with the dates we have given. For that
reason, we recommend you use this guide as a very good starting place, but
don't interpret the dates as absolutely perfect for every location.
now here are the cold, hard numbers, along with specific plants: