spring planting time line for 2009
Here's a start on my planting schedule. I linked to it on my sidebar. I'll add to and revise this as I get time.
Order seeds. Set up plant table and lights. Collect seed trays and potting soil.
March 5-10: Sow kale, broccoli and lettuce seed indoors.
March 15: Sow pepper seed indoors.
March 20: Sow seed in home garden for peas.
March 28: Sow half of tomato seed indoors.
April 1: Sow fava beans in community plot.
April 20-30: Transplant pepper and tomato seedlings to larger pots indoors. Sow seed in home garden for more peas. Sow beets, watermelon, pumpkin and half of summer squash seed indoors. In community garden, plant potatoes and onion sets, sow seed for radish, onions, carrots, parsnips and potatoes.
April 25: Sow in community plot arugula and radish seeds. Set out kale, broccoli and lettuce transplants. Sow cucumber seed indoors.
April 28: Sow second half of tomato seed indoors.
Last frost date in my home garden is usually May 5-10. In my wide open community plot, the last frost is as late as May 31.
May 15-20: Sow seed in home garden for green beans, pole beans and soy beans. Set out dahlia tubers. Set out tomatoes and cucumber plants. Sow more lettuce seeds. Sow other half of summer squash seed.
June 5: In community plot, set out peppers, pumpkin and summer squash.
June 9: Sow summer lettuce seed in pots. Set out watermelon transplants.
June 30: Sow a second crop of green beans and pole beans in my home garden.
July 1: Seed fall broccoli and more lettuce (in pots).
July 21: Sow more summer lettuce.
June 30: Sow a third crop of green beans and pole beans in my home garden.
I'm aiming for variety this year. A good way to make sure I have some crops that do well in whatever weather comes our way. I'm trying 2 planting of tomatoes and squash, since last year early heavy rains were bad for the early crops. Six varieties of potatoes will lengthen my harvest time and give me storage varieties.
I'm really going to try to keep a good supply of greens throughout the summer this year - my New Year's resolution! It requires paying attention to my schedule.....
I sow almost everything in seed trays (cells) inside in potting soil. Its easier to pay attention to watering the little seedlings this way. I transplant them to my garden when they outgrow the pots. My only direct sown crops are radish, carrots, beans, sunflowers and nasturtiums.