Spring Planting Guide!
So many options for your garden spaces this year! We collaborated with Front Yard Fresh to create a Spring Planting Guide to help with your gardening plans!
Planting environments in the Intermountain West vary greatly including Arid High Desert, Urban, and High Mountain regions. This planting information is based in the Treasure Valley, ID Zones 6b-7a.
Be sure to check your Plant Hardiness Zone and your last projected frost date. THEN, watch the weather forecast carefully. Gardening should be considered an adapting practice so try different strategies such as starting seeds at different times, or succession planting (more on that below).
Row cover can be used to extend a growing season up to 2 weeks earlier in the spring, and allow for an additional 2 weeks in the fall. Other methods of season extension could include cold-frames. Some folks are starting their seeds in milk jugs to allow them to germinate when they’re ready, negating the need to start indoors or harden plants off.
Watch your frost dates and watch the weather forecasts carefully! You can check sources at your local nursery, but have a back-up plan. If this is your first gardening year, consider starting small enough that you can quickly cover any plants that need to be protected in the event of a frost warning, using row cover, or a spare sheet!
Spring Planting Tips:
- Keep seeds very moist as they are germinating, start indoors where indicated, and transplant out just as soon as they are big enough to hold their own. Move them into the garden as fast as you can so their growth isn’t interrupted.
- Allow some of your spring-sown veggies to go to seed in the summer! They will seed themselves and grow in the fall without your help! Parsnips, Greens, Radishes, and Pac Choi work well this way!
Succession Planting: You can increase your chances of seeing a crop make its way to beautiful harvest time by successively planting at timed intervals, rather than all at once. The plants will mature at staggered dates, establishing an ongoing harvest over the coming months! This is a common approach for lettuce, salad greens, and radishes that have shorter growing times to reach maturity. For these crops you can plant them early and then save some seed to plant again for fall crops, more to come on that! In your home garden, this is also a good way to provide a steady amount of food for harvest so that you can enjoy eating it fresh! Succession planting is the best way to prevent the problem of having too much lettuce all at once! (We’ve all been there!)
Happy Spring All!