note- this calendar is mostly thanks to Skippy’s Garden Calendar (customizable), with a number of rarer additions, such as orach and butterfly weed (thanks Sean Dembrosky!). The customizable calendar will ask you for your last frost date, which might vary from ours here in zone 5b. You won’t need to know your zone, but will have to give your last frost date. So get some seeds and get to planting! Suggestions for when to grow and how/when to grow it are encouraged to be posted in the comment section of this blog or on our Facebook page!!
Vegetable Garden (based on a last frost date 6/1/2011)
3/16 – Sow onion, celery and celeriac seeds indoors. Also- lavender & butterfly weed (indoors)
3/30- Sow broccoli, kale, cool weather lettuce, escarole, eggplant and thyme seeds indoors. Also- orach and spinach (indoors)
4/6- Sow pepper seeds indoors (keep temp above 78*F for germination). Also sow indoors marigold, parsley, basil and beet seeds. Also- kholrabi
4/18- Start watching the soil for the first direct planting! As soon as the soil can be worked its time to sow peas, fava beans, arugula and radish directly in the garden. (Note: In warmer climates, where the soil doesn’t freeze, this tool may not give an appropriate pea planting date.
4/20- Sow tomato seeds indoors. Sow cabbage seeds indoors. spinach and orach outdoors, start chamomile & basil indoors
4/27- Transplant lettuce, broccoli and kale seedlings into the garden (use row cover if necessary). Sow more cool-weather lettuce seed indoors.
5/1 hyacinth and maltese cross
5/11- Sow pumpkin, cucumber and zinnia seeds (indoors)
5/18- Sow summer squash, watermelon and melon seeds indoors. Sow 2nd planting of peas directly in the garden.
5/25- Sow 2nd cool-weather lettuce crop, more beets, spinach indoors or in garden.
6/1- Sow directly in garden seeds for sunflowers, nasturtiums, carrots, parsnips. Plant potatoes, onions sets. Plant 2nd crop of radish. (Week of last frost). sow evening primrose directly into garden. transplant chamomile and basil. sow cilantro and dill directly into garden.
6/8- Transplant tomatoes to garden. Plant seeds for corn, beans and soy beans directly in garden. (1 week after last frost). sow amaranth into garden.
6/15- Sow 3rd cool-weather lettuce crop indoors or in garden. Transplant peppers, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers and melons to the garden if the soil is well warmed.
7/6- Sow warm-weather lettuce crop (Summer Crisp type) indoors or in garden. Sow 2nd crop of beans, 3rd crop of radish in garden.
7/27- Sow 2nd warm-weather lettuce crop (Summer Crisp type) indoors or in garden (8 weeks after last frost).
8/17- Sow 3rd warm-weather lettuce crop (Summer Crisp type) indoors or in garden. Sow 3rd crop of beans, 4th crop of radish in garden. (11 weeks after last frost).