Friday, May 10, 2024

Hints on When to Plant the Garden


Sometimes we get a little warm here in Michigan but really it's still Spring and it's mostly cool weather here.  The frequent question asked on a lot of gardening pages I visit is, when to plant.  They are excited and just can't wait for the fresh vegetables out of their gardens.  With our high temperature  in the mid 50's to low 60's during the day here in our part of Michigan and dipping down into the high 30's and low 40's at night,  it's too cold in my opinion for most plants to thrive, except maybe for some cold weather crops like onions, garlic (planted last fall), lettuce, cabbage, etc.   

No matter where you live one of the main reasons not to jump the gun is because the soil has not warmed up yet for the warm weather crops.  The soil needs to be at 65 to 75 degrees and needs to be somewhat dry.  With our frequent rain our soil here is nothing but mud.  Hint:  If you can make a ball of your soil like we can then it's too wet.  It's hard for seeds to germinate in cold and mud if they do at all.

To combat our gardens wet soil we've decided to put in two raised beds at the back a couple of years ago and we will have two more this year in the front that way we can plant more of the earlier crops.  

So far, I've planted cabbage, marigolds, onions, and garlic.  I'm taking a chance on the Marigolds but they seem to really help with worms on the cabbage.   Sometimes, I take chances.  

Your know my best advice to ask your neighborhood gardener.  They usually will not steer your wrong about when to plant.  Get friendly and you will learn a lot. 

So, when do we plant our warm weather crops in our part of Michigan?  We have a short season and usually aim for Memorial Weekend.  We might be able to plant the week before or we might have to wait for everything to dry and plant the week after, but that is the weekend we aim for.  

Just a couple of more weeks guys and we will be ready!  With the high price of vegetables, we need our gardens and there is no sense in losing our crops.  

I hope no matter where you live this gives you some helpful hints on when to plant. Have you planted yet in your area or are you having to wait a little longer like we have to?

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Kathy said...

Good gardening advice!
Hope that your garden dries up soon so that you can plant.
I think we are safe to plant now, so I will try to plant beans and such next week. I have a couple of tomato plants already in the garden, and I want to plant zucchini and cucumbers and more tomatoes. I do love maters. :)
Have a great weekend.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Oh Kathy, I can't wait for garden maters! They are so good!
so exciting to have good tasting veggies soon. Happy Gardening!

Nancy said...

Hi Vickie-Thanks for the tips! We too aim for Memorial Day weekend in Northern Wisconsin, we have gotten frost after but usually I'm eager to get going! We look at the longer weather forecast and try to make a good decision-spending the money on new plants is no fun. Happy Gardening!

Belinda said...

Great advice, Vickie. I would love to plant some things this year, but will have to make some adjustments first.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Hi Nancy, I think we might be able to plant sometime this week. It's looking good if it stays dry. We have bought new plants before and it's not fun. This year it would be expensive! Happy Gardening to you too!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Belinda, Some years gardening is hard. I love seeing people grow in different pots and beds. I hope something works out for you but if not you can dream and work for next year.