With my garden still looking like this, it’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about Spring planting. Where have the leisurely winter days gone??
In my area (I’m in zone 7) January is the month to start seed flats of cabbage, collards, cauliflower and broccoli. I haven’t started my seeds yet, but I plan on doing most of them either by the 2nd week in the the month, or early February. Generally you need to start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting.
- Cabbage plants can be transplanted here from Feb. 1 – April 1 (though some farming friends of mine recommend transplanting seedlings in March); or direct seed cabbage (planted directly into the garden) from Dec. 1 – March 15.
- Collards can be transplanted in March.
- Cauliflower plants should be transplanted in early March; seeds can be directly sown from Feb. 1 – Mar 1.
- Broccoli plants can be transplanted mid March; broccoli seeds can be direct sown Dec. 1 – March 15.
I’ll probably just try cabbage and broccoli this season. I don’t ever eat collards, and we really eat broccoli a lot more often than cauliflower.
You can find out when you should be planting what in your area with a simple internet search.
If you’ve never had a garden before, this is your year to give it a shot! Don’t procrastinate though, planting times sneak by quickly if you aren’t paying attention. Make a plan, find out what needs to be planted when, and have a planting calendar printed out and ready to use.
Let’s see how great we can make this gardening year! Whose with me?