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February

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KEY ACTIVITIES:  Break out the tiller and start amending your soil for your spring plantings. Remove any debris or dead plant matter that might be left over from the last season and clean your garden tools. Don’t forget to turn your compost pile. Organize your seed packets according to planting dates and make sure to wash your seed starting trays/flats with a 1:10 solution of bleach:water to prevent damping off, a fungal disease that can kill your newly planted seedlings.

WHAT YOU CAN PLANT THIS MONTH:

Broccoli
Plant your broccoli early before the temperatures rise to prevent bolting.
Suggested Varieties:sdklsidlsadlskajkl

Herbs
Now is the time to plant all of your warm­-season herbs.
Suggested Varieties: basil, borage, oregano, thyme, dill and sage

Lettuce
Sow new lettuce seeds every 30 days for a continuous harvest year­-round. Lettuce does exceptionally well during the cooler spring months and once summer arrives, place your lettuce in a container on a bright patio out of direct sunlight.
Suggested Varieties:

Onions/Leeks
Now is the time to be sowing your onions. Whether you start them by seeds or sets they will do well when planted this time of year.
Suggested Varieties:

Peppers
Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come in every shape, size, color, flavor and heat index. For a successful planting, start seeds 8­10 weeks before your last frost date indoors.
Suggested Varieties:

Tomatoes
Tomatoes seem to be a favorite among all gardeners! With so many delicious and beautiful varieties to try, they are a wonderful addition to any vegetable garden. Plant these around the same time you plant your peppers. They are both summer crops that love warmer temperatures.
Suggested Varieties:

March

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As soon as the soil can be worked, prepare it for planting by adding well­ rotted manure, compost or peat moss. Turn your compost. Start collecting newspaper and cardboard to use for mulch in your garden space to prevent weeds. If you’ve already started some seeds indoors last month and they have their second set of true leaves you can transplant them into larger pots while you wait to move them outside.

VARIETIES YOU CAN PLANT NOW:

Broccoli
Plant your broccoli early before the temperatures rise to prevent bolting. Suggested Varieties:

Cabbage
Select the right cabbage for your location and enjoy this easy-­to­-grow vegetable. Once the head begins to form fertilize and water regularly.
Suggested Varieties:

Carrots
Sow your carrot seeds directly into your garden this month. Suggested Varieties:

Cucumbers
Cucumbers are an easy and rewarding vegetable to grow. Trailing varieties take up little space in the garden because you can grow them vertically up a trellis or fence.
Suggested Varieties:

Herbs
Now is the time to plant all of your warm­season herbs like basil, borage, oregano, thyme, dill and sage. Suggested Varieties:

Lettuce
Sow new lettuce seeds every 30 days for a continuous harvest year­round. Lettuce does exceptionally well during the cooler spring months and once summer arrives, place your lettuce in a container on a bright patio out of direct sunlight.
Suggested Varieties:

Melons

Melons are a summertime favorite treat and fun to grow. These like long, hot summers. Start these indoors and transplant to your garden once the threat of frost has passed.
Suggested Varieties:

Onions
Now is the time to be sowing your onions. Whether you start them by seeds or sets they will do well when planted this time of year.
Suggested Varieties:

Peas
Start your pea seeds indoors and transplant sometime before July. They come in many different varieties and can be eaten fresh off the vine or shelled for green peas.
Suggested Varieties:

Peppers
Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come in every shape, size, color, flavor and heat index. For a successful planting, start seeds 8­10 weeks before your last frost date indoors.
Suggested Varieties:

Spinach
Spinach loves cooler weather. Start indoors or direct sow if the soil is workable. Enjoy the leaves when they are small in salads or let them get larger for cooking or juicing.
Suggested Varieties:

Summer Squash
Make sure you get summer squash started indoors this time of year and transplant to the garden once the threat of frost has passed. Everyone loves zucchini!
Suggested Varieties:

Tomatoes
Tomatoes seem to be a favorite among all gardeners! With so many delicious and beautiful varieties to try, they are a wonderful addition to any vegetable garden. Plant these around the same time you plant your peppers. They are both summer crops that love warmer temperatures.
Suggested Varieties:

April

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Mulch, mulch, mulch! Now that temperatures are beginning to warm up just a bit if you’re lucky, you’ll need to get a handle on any weeds that are wanting to emerge. Use cardboard, straw, newspaper etc. to keep the weeds at bay so you can enjoy your garden weed free. Keeping the weeds down will allow the vegetables you’re trying to grow to receive the nutrients from the soil instead of being stolen by pesky, unwanted weeds that can quickly take over a garden bed.

VARIETIES YOU CAN PLANT NOW:

Beans:
Now that the soil is starting to warm up, sow a new variety of bush bean everyday for about a week. That way you’ll have a nice continual harvest during summer and a variety of different beans to enjoy.
Suggested Varieties:

Beets
Beets are a quick growing crop that can tolerate a light frost. Sow these outside now for an early summer treat.
Suggested Varieties:

Cabbage
Select the right cabbage for your location and enjoy this easy­-to­-grow vegetable. Once the head begins to form fertilize and water regularly.
Suggested Varieties:

Carrots
Sow your carrot seeds directly into your garden this month. Suggested Varieties:

Cucumbers
Cucumbers are an easy and rewarding vegetable to grow. Trailing varieties take up little space in the garden because you can grow them vertically up a trellis or fence.
Suggested Varieties:

Herbs
Now is the time to plant all of your warm­season herbs like basil, borage, oregano, thyme, dill and sage. Suggested Varieties:

Lettuce
Sow new lettuce seeds every 30 days for a continuous harvest year­round. Lettuce does exceptionally well during the cooler spring months and once summer arrives, place your lettuce in a container on a bright patio out of direct sunlight.
Suggested Varieties:

Melons
Melons are a summertime favorite treat and fun to grow. These like long, hot summers. Start these indoors and transplant to your garden once the threat of frost has passed.
Suggested Varieties:

Onions
Now is the time to be sowing your onions. Whether you start them by seeds or sets they will do well when planted this time of year.
Suggested Varieties:

Peas
Start your pea seeds indoors and transplant sometime before July. They come in many different varieties and can be eaten fresh off the vine or shelled.
Suggested Varieties:

Peppers
Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come in every shape, size, color, flavor and heat index. For a successful planting, start seeds 8­10 weeks before your last frost date indoors.
Suggested Varieties:

Summer Squash
Make sure you get summer squash started indoors this time of year and transplant to the garden once the threat of frost has passed. Everyone loves zucchini!
Suggested Varieties:

Tomatoes
Tomatoes seem to be a favorite among all gardeners! With so many delicious and beautiful varieties to try, they are a wonderful addition to any vegetable garden. Plant these around the same time you plant your peppers. They are both summer crops that love warmer temperatures.
Suggested Varieties:

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May

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Harden off all vegetable seedlings before transplanting, bringing them in and out for a week before setting them in your garden for good. This will prevent the plants from going into shock. If you’re making new raised beds, try a hugelkultur! Make sure you’re watering your garlic and checking on the bulbs. Don’t harvest quite yet, you still have a few months!

Beans:
Now that the soil is starting to warm up, sow a new variety of bush bean everyday for about a week. That way you’ll have a nice continual harvest during summer and a variety of different beans to enjoy.
Suggested Varieties:

Beets
Beets are a quick growing crop that can tolerate a light frost. Sow these outside now for an early summer treat.
Suggested Varieties:

Cabbage
Select the right cabbage for your location and enjoy this easy­to­grow vegetable. Once the head begins to form fertilize and water regularly.
Suggested Varieties:

Carrots
Sow your carrot seeds directly into your garden this month. Suggested Varieties:

Cucumbers
Cucumbers are an easy and rewarding vegetable to grow. Trailing varieties take up little space in the garden because you can grow them vertically up a trellis or fence.
Suggested Varieties:

Herbs
Now is the time to plant all of your warm­season herbs like basil, borage, oregano, thyme, dill and sage. Suggested Varieties:

Melons

Melons are a summertime favorite treat and fun to grow. These like long, hot summers. Start these indoors and transplant to your garden once the threat of frost has passed.
Suggested Varieties:

Peas
Start your pea seeds indoors and transplant sometime before July. They come in many different varieties and can be eaten fresh off the vine or shelled for green peas.
Suggested Varieties:

Peppers
Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come in every shape, size, color, flavor and heat index. For a successful planting, start seeds 8­10 weeks before your last frost date indoors.
Suggested Varieties:

Summer Squash
Make sure you get summer squash started indoors this time of year and transplant to the garden once the threat of frost has passed. Everyone loves zucchini!
Suggested Varieties:

Tomatoes
Tomatoes seem to be a favorite among all gardeners! With so many delicious and beautiful varieties to try, they are a wonderful addition to any vegetable garden. Plant these around the same time you plant your peppers. They are both summer crops that love warmer temperatures.
Suggested Varieties:

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June

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Apply heavy mulch and watch for weeds. Make sure you’re watering your garden with at least an inch of water every week this time of year and soak the roots deeply. Water your garlic and check on the bulb size. It’s almost time for harvesting! Don’t let your compost pile dry out or it won’t “cook”. Aerate your compost pile and give it a good water.

Beans:
Now that the soil is starting to warm up, sow a new variety of bush bean everyday for about a week. That way you’ll have a nice continual harvest during summer and a variety of different beans to enjoy.
Suggested Varieties:

Beets
Beets are a quick growing crop that can tolerate a light frost. Sow these outside now for an early summer treat.
Suggested Varieties:

Cabbage
Select the right cabbage for your location and enjoy this easy­to­grow vegetable. Once the head begins to form fertilize and water regularly.
Suggested Varieties:

Carrots
Sow your carrot seeds directly into your garden this month. Suggested Varieties:

Cucumbers
Cucumbers are an easy and rewarding vegetable to grow. Trailing varieties take up little space in the garden because you can grow them vertically up a trellis or fence.
Suggested Varieties:

Herbs
Now is the time to plant all of your warm­season herbs like basil, borage, oregano, thyme, dill and sage. Suggested Varieties:

Melons

Melons are a summertime favorite treat and fun to grow. These like long, hot summers. Start these indoors and transplant to your garden once the threat of frost has passed.
Suggested Varieties:

Peas
Start your pea seeds indoors and transplant sometime before July. They come in many different varieties and can be eaten fresh off the vine or shelled for green peas.
Suggested Varieties:

Summer Squash
Make sure you get summer squash started indoors this time of year and transplant to the garden once the threat of frost has passed. Everyone loves zucchini!
Suggested Varieties:

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July

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Gardens this time of year need adequate watering. Water deeply and less often instead of lightly and more often. This will ensure the roots are getting the moisture they need. Pay special attention to plants growing in small containers, since these can dry up quickly. Watch for weeds and mulch heavily this time of year. You don’t want weeds competing with your vegetables for nutrients in the soil.

Beans:
Now that the soil is starting to warm up, sow a new variety of bush bean everyday for about a week. That way you’ll have a nice continual harvest during summer and a variety of different beans to enjoy.
Suggested Varieties:

Broccoli
Plant your broccoli early before the temperatures rise to prevent bolting. Now is a good time to start your broccoli for an early fall harvest.
Suggested Varieties:

Carrots
Sow your carrot seeds directly into your garden this month. Planting before the end of July will result in a nice fall harvest.
Suggested Varieties:

Cucumbers
Cucumbers are an easy and rewarding vegetable to grow. Trailing varieties take up little space in the garden because you can grow them vertically up a trellis or fence.
Suggested Varieties:

Herbs
Now is the time to plant all of your cool­season herbs. Start them indoors and wait to transplant them until the weather begins to cool down slightly.
Suggested Varieties:

Kale
Start your kale now through mid­August or so for a fall harvest. Kale is a cool season crop and thrives in cooler temps. Suggested Varieties:

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