Hoe, Hoe, Hoe! Happy springtime! It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year because it’s time to start planting seeds and starts of cold tolerate vegetable plants in the garden! I’m sure with the unseasonably warm weather, some of you have already planted some of these garden plants, but for the rest of you who anticipated another bout of very cold temperatures, it is time to get some of your cold-tolerant veggies in the ground and growing. Our agriculture agent in Davis County, Shawn Olsen, put together this fantastic planting guide for the Wasatch Front (which is Table 5. in the Extension book “A Guide to Common Organic Gardening Questions”). For the full fact sheet this table was pulled from, visit ‘Suggested Vegetable Planting Dates for the Wasatch Front.’
Group A: Hardy (Plant as soon as the soil dries out in the spring.)
Average Planting Date: March 15- May 1
Artichoke, Kohlarabi, Asparagus, Onion, Rhubarb, Broccoli, Peas, Spinach, Cabbage, Radish, Turnip
Group B: Semi-Hardy (Plant a week to two after “A” group or about 2 weeks before average last spring frost.)
Average Planting Date: March 20-May 1
Beet, Lettuce, Potato, Carrot, Parsley, Salsify, Cauliflower, Parsnip, Swiss Chard, Endive
Group C: Tender (Plant on the average date of the last spring frost-about when first apple reach full bloom.)
Average Planting Date: May 5- June 1
Celery, Spinach, Cucumber, Summer Squash, Dry Bean, Sweet Corn, Snap Bean
Group D: Very Tender (Plant when soil is warm, about 2 weeks after “C” group.)
Average Planting Date: May 20-June 10
Cantaloupe, Pumpkin, Eggplant, Tomato, Lima Bean, Watermelon, Pepper, Winter Squash
- It’s now time to plant veggies in Group A: Hardy, outside in the garden
- In about a week, plant Group B: Semi-Hardy, outside in the garden.
Enjoy and happy hoe-hoe-hoeing!