6 Months – A Garden “When To” Guide

 

If you’ve never owned a large, or even small, garden, you might not realize that it’s a lot more work than it first seems, from cutting back plants, planting seeds both indoors and out, during summer and winter (and when to do this), cutting off the dead stems, plants or leaves, it may be hard to remember when the best time to do all of this is, but worry not, that’s what we’re for! Below is a basic guide on which month to do what.

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January

  • Review your garden notes from last season. Read our blog for tips on taking good garden notes.
  • Browse through your favorite gardening websites, seed catalogs and Pinterest, taking note of varieties you want to plant in the spring.
  • Start reserving your favorite varieties for spring. We’ll ship when it’s time to plant.

February

March

  • Prepare your garden for spring planting by cutting back, pruning, removing debris from the garden and adding compost. Learn more about spring preparation in our blog.
  • Plant Onions and Asparagus outdoors.
  • Do a soil test and purchase organic fertilizer to amend your soil if necessary.
  • Order mulch or compost if needed to add to your garden beds.
  • Identify spots in the garden that could use more color. Order Spring-Planted Bulbs if you haven’t already.
  • If you’re in a warmer climate, March is the perfect time to start planting!

April

  • Prepare your garden for spring planting by cutting back, pruning, removing debris from the garden and adding compost. Learn more about spring preparation in our blog.
  • Add compost to your garden beds and prep any new beds for planting.
  • Pick Peas,Lettuce and Rhubarb if you have them growing in the garden.
  • Plant Asparagus if you haven’t already.
  • In warmer climates, add Perennials and Bulbs to the garden in April.
  • If your chance of frost has passed, plant Wildflower seed. Learn how to plant Wildflowers in our article.

May

  • In most areas of the country, May is a great time to plant vegetable seedlings, Perennial plugs, Wildflower seed,Bulbs and more.
  • Pick Peas and lettuce. Also, pick Rhubarb for the last time in your garden.
  • Fertilize perennial beds with an organic fertilizer.

June

  • Pick green beans. Enjoy a tasty green bean salad from the fruits of your labor!
  • If you have any bare spots in your garden or meadow, add quick-blooming annual wildflowers for color starting in weeks.

Hopefully this helped you as much as it continues to help me, for a more detailed calendar of gardening events, click here www.americanmeadows.com/blog/2016/01/16/gardening-checklist-for-the-year and happy gardening!

 

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