When do you start your garden?
Yesterday, I attended one of the first in-person church services my local congregation has held since COVID lockdowns began. It was great to see old friends at Pentecost this year.
After the service, I was chatting with a friend who has been gardening (together with his wife) for many years. He asked me whether I had put my garden in yet (May 23).
I was flabbergasted.
We've been harvesting claytonia and spinach from the cold frames for close to 2 months, peas are about 4 inches (10cm) high already, six tomatoes have been transplanted from either my own indoor starts or purchased locally, onions are 6 - 12 inches (15 - 30 cm) high and the first one is already starting to form a bulbil, potatoes are leafing out nicely, and even beans and pickling cucumbers (which need hot weather) have not only been seeded, but already sprouted.
If I had not started my garden much earlier than this, we would miss out on a significant amount of the vegetables that it can produce this year.
(In his defense, he has been busy working with the local gardening club, just not in his own garden.)
When do you start YOUR garden?
Since we are all in different climate zones, I'm less interested in calendar dates than in dates relative to your last frost date.
Do you start 2 months before last frost? 1 month? Do you wait until last frost is over to put anything in? Is a significant part of your garden fall-planted and wintered over until the next spring (such as garlic)?
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