Vegetable Gardening Tips

Now that the weather has warmed a bit, it’s time to get serious about veggie gardening and taking advantage of breaks in the rain.

Soil temperatures are high enough to direct seed many crops, including beets, carrots, peas, lettuce, and spinach – but with our saturated soils, you might consider buying transplants, or even starting them inside to plant out in 4 or 5 weeks.

In raised beds, pots, or well drained soils, now is the ideal time to plant potatoes and onions, or transplant cole crops such as broccoli and cauliflower.  But (even though you’ll start seeing them in the store), it’s still way too early for tomatoes, peppers, melons and cukes, or squash except in greenhouses.

In fact, there is still time to start your own from seed inside – tomatoes right now for planting in 6-8 weeks (right on schedule for late May to early June, which is when I plant mine), or squashes, cucumbers, and melons around end of month for the same planting time (4-5 weeks).

Keep your fingers crossed for more frequent sun breaks, and get out in the garden at every opportunity.

– Darren Morgan