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When To Start Planting

Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this article all of the snow is gone and it’s time to plant…maybe!

If the weather isn’t co-operating for planting, now would be the time to start your spring clean-up.  I always start with a clean garden…leaves and debris raked up and removed. This is also a good time to get your garden tilled.  It’s good for the garden and will help the soil to warm up faster.

The next step would be to do a garden plan so you know what is going in your garden and where. I usually start my garden early, around April 1st. When I sow my snap peas.  I follow that up with all my cold crops such as broccoli, collards, brussels sprouts etc.

As soon as the soil temperature warms up, usually by May for me, I put out my lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard, squash, cucumbers and the balance of what I intend to grow.

Although timing your planting is important I believe the most important thing to do is choose Hybrid varieties for your garden.  They are more vibrant, more productive, and in most cases more disease resistant, allowing for a longer growing season, and a higher yield of veggies.

hybrid vegetable seeds

The Garden Center at Winterberry provides a large selection of hybrid vegetables for the home gardener.  Stop by and visit us this spring and let one of our knowledgable staff members answer any questions you may have to help you grow your best garden ever!