It’s time to start planning and planting that spring garden. Most gardeners in climates with last frost dates in March can start seeds indoors now. If you live in a warmer, frost-free zone, you can still start seeds indoors, but you’ll soon be able to plant out in the ground next month.
A question came in from a new garden about what to plant now. Here’s our helpful spring planting guide:
Cool Weather stuff:
- Asparagus – plant crowns and slowly cover with soil over several months
- Brassicas – (cool climates only) broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, etc.
- Greens – lettuces, arugula, mustard greens, spinach, collards, kale and chard
- Herbs – basil, cilantro, chives, dill, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary to name a few
- Root Crops – carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, and radishes
- Peas – grow them up trellises for garden snacking
Warm Weather stuff:
- Beans – favas, pole and bush varieties (dry or fresh)
- Corn – plant at least three rows to ensure polination via the wind
- Cucumbers – start indoors or directly in the garden soil. Trellis them for more room.
- Eggplant – start seeds indoors (see below for details)
- Melons – watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew – start seeds indoors
- Peppers – sweet and hot varieties, start indoors
- Squash – both summer and winter varieties grow in warm weather – the name simply indicates how long they store (i.e. zucchini is a summer squash and has to be consumed during the summer, pumpkins are winter squashes and keeps through winter)
- Tomatoes – try some heirloom varieties for some great color and diversity, start indoors
Plant cool weather crops now if your climate doesn’t heat up until summer. If you live in warm-winter climates, stick to the warm weather list above (though you can get away with a short round of lettuces and herbs before the heat sets in).
Still need help? If you live in Los Angeles, sign up for one of two Spring Garden Planning Workshops at Gardenerd headquarters, Saturday, March 23 or Sunday, April 14 from 9-11 a.m. Register here.