Well it’s late winter in New England and I am thinking about finally having a “real” garden this year. We don’t have good soil in the back, it’s pretty sandy, so I am going to try raised garden beds. I do not have a green thumb so I really need as much help as I can get, and that involves a detailed spring garden planner, so I know what to plant and when.
Garden Planner: Spring Planting Guide
Step 1: Determine your last spring frost date
|Your Zone||Zone 10||Zone 9||Zone 8||Zone 7||Zone 6||Zone 5||Zone 4||Zone 3|
|Your Lowest Temp (F.)||30° to 40° +||20° to 30°||10° to 20°||0° to 10°||-10° to 0°||-20° to -10°||-30° to -20°||-40° to -30°|
|Your Last Frost
|February||Early March||Early April||Late April||Mid-May||Late May||Early June||Mid-June|
Map and zone information courtesy of Burpee.com.
Step 2: Calculate planting dates
Use this calendar download to determine when to plant seeds or seedlings in your area. Spring Garden Worksheet.
Step 3: Follow these tips for an instant garden
- Cover planting beds with 2 inches of compost and plant directly into that.
- Plant the garden as close to kitchen as possible.
- Plant garden where it can get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
- Use transplants for slow-growing veggies like tomatoes.
- Handwater newly planted seeds and transplants until their roots grow into soil.
What will you be planting this spring/summer? I am hoping to try carrots, tomatoes, peppers and squash. I will need to make some raised garden beds, but with so many ideas out there I should be able to do it myself, right? I am definitely going to check out the books below for more information.
Check out this link on How to Test Your Soil pH.
|Check out these books for more helpful information for your spring planting!|
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