If you’re new to the whole gardening game, it’s easy to put off your planning until May or even June. By then however, it’s too late to plant a lot of delicious vegetables so you’ll end up buying your tomatoes elsewhere. While there is much to love about the local farmer’s markets and all the wonderful organic groceries you can find there, it isn’t the same as eating cucumbers that you’ve poured your love and hard work into.
This is why I’m writing about gardening in February because some veggies can be planted as early as March! Don’t worry, you won’t be bombarded with every single stalk and mushroom out there. We’re going to look at the basic veggies that are your summertime staples. Find out below when to plant the top 10 veggies in your garden.
It isn’t summer without a batch of freshly picked tomatoes on your kitchen counter, right? Turns out that if you want them in July, you had better plant them in March. Start them indoors and then you can plant your sprouts in your garden one to two weeks later. Just be sure that the threat of frost has passed and you’ll be eating tomato pie from July until October. (via Yummy Mummy Kitchen)
Now we get into the big planting months. Broccoli needs to be started in April or May. Your main concern with this green veggie is to be sure that they aren’t overcrowded. Plant them two to five centimeters apart during the germination period, but once they’re started you don’t have to worry about spacing in your great big garden. Doctors orders and you can be eating broccoli salads in July and broccoli and cheese soup in September. (via Prairie Health and Wellness)
Whether you’re going for summer squash or winter squash, both need to be started indoors, in full sunlight in April or May. Harvesting summer and winter squash is different. You want to pick your summer squash varieties while they are still small and tender because the bigger they grow, the more bitter and unpalatable they become. Winter squash should be picked around the time of the first frost when it develops a thick skin. Both will give you some awfully good side dishes to take to those barbecues. (via Blue Sky Organic Farms)