Planting Herbs & Veggies

Posted on April 13th, 2020

Spring is here! There’s no better time to get outside and get your hands in the dirt!

April is the ideal time to plant some cool weather vegetables and herbs. Go time is when you can work the ground and the daytime temperature is approximately 40 degrees during the day.

Early spring cold hearty vegetables:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • All lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • · Radish
  • Strawberries
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower

Early spring cold hearty herbs:

  • All mints
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Lavender
  • Sorrel
  • Marjoram

As spring slowly turns into summer it is now time to think about planting your summer vegetables.

While there’s no set time as when to plant these, here are a few rules of thumb to follow:

  • Do not plant until the last chance of frost has gone by, usually the last full moon in May.
  • Soil temperature needs to be 65 to 70 degree. There’s an old saying that if you did a hole and you can’t comfortably put your hand in that hole and leave it there without pulling it away because of the cold then you shouldn’t be planting your plants just yet.
  • Early isn’t always better. Your plant doesn’t start growing faster just because you planted it early, it’s just the opposite.

Your plant will just sit there and not grow at all until the soil temperature warms up. And by chance the plant get hits with colder temps you can risk losing the plant all together or at the very least cut your yield in half.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to lose any of those delicious summer vegetables.

Summer vegetables:

  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Celery
  • Melons

Don’t forget to feed your plants all summer long as they will be feeding you!