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 many home and gardening tips 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
If it’s late winter, you may not be thinking about a garden planner just yet, but remember – you want to start seeds indoor 6-8 weeks before your last frost date for the best harvest! March is the perfect time to get those tomato and pepper seeds started indoors ready for an early spring planting! These are the easiest of all vegetables to grow, plus you can take advantage of those warmer days in early spring by spending time outside!
Start seeds indoor 6-8 weeks before your last frost date for the best harvest!
Step 1: Determine your last spring frost date
A frost date is the average date of the last light freeze that occurs in the spring. The possibility of frost occurring after the given spring dates is 50 percent. A frost is defined as a light freeze of temperatures ranging from 29 to 32 degrees farenheit.
|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: 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.
Have you tested your soil pH? Make sure your soil is ready for a garden!
How to Test Your Soil pH.
These plants can tolerate hard frosts – usually 25 to 28 degrees F.
These plants can tolerate light frosts – usually 29 to 32 degrees F.
Lettuce and gourmet salad greens
After Frost Plants:
|32 Varieties of All Natural Vegetable Seeds:
Step 3: Calculate and plan planting dates
Scroll down to download the garden planner below to determine when to plant seeds or seedlings in your area according to the last frost.
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