I live in the Green Group, and for me it’s already week (-6). I have started my broccoli and parsley, but have yet to start my hot peppers, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Outside I should have planted peas and onions.
Instead, I have 6 bags of compost in my garage, and garden beds in every kind of disarray. My trellises are outside and ready to go–because I left them there all winter!
All spring, the weather has been taunting me. It gets warm one day, and I think, “If it’s like this tomorrow, I’m going to work in my garden.” And the next day is beautiful, but I realize I need to go to the store to buy compost or seeds. And the following day, when I’m really excited to get out there and get things done, it snows.
So this message is for me, and for those who are feeling behind:
IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!!
One of the wonderful things about gardening is that it’s almost never too late. There is so much you CAN do, but few things that HAVE to be done at exactly a certain time. So stop saying “I should have. . .” and replace it with “I could have. . . but I CAN STILL . . .”
Red and Orange groups–honestly, it’s a little late to start onions. But if you want to make salsa, you CAN STILL plant tomatoes and peppers (actually, you have to wait a few weeks), buy the onions and you’ll be sitting pretty!
Red and Orange groups–Other cool-weather plants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and collard greens could have been planted several weeks ago. You CAN STILL buy transplants, put them in a spot that gets afternoon shade, and hope for the best. By week (0) these would be on the edge for me because where I live it heats up really quickly. But if you live in a more temperate location with a long spring, I’d say you have a fighting chance to grow these veggies.
Red and Orange groups–Parsley could have been planted a while back, but you CAN STILL plant it–buy a transplant.
Red and Orange groups–You could have started lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, Swiss chard, and beets during the past several weeks, but you CAN STILL plant all of these!
Red, Orange, and Yellow groups–Peas are best started early, but you really CAN STILL plant some. Your yield may be lower, but if you love fresh peas it might be worth giving them a square or two!
Truly, there are few things that it’s too late to grow, even for those with earlier frost dates (Red and Orange groups, have you figured out that I’m talking to you?).
Yellow and Green groups–gardening is just beginning for you! Don’t plan on starting a lot of seeds inside, just go buy the transplants. If your garden beds aren’t ready, make a goal to prepare them this week or even next week.
One thing I’ve realized is that if it’s snow that keeps stopping me, then it’s not really time for gardening outside yet anyway. Most seeds need warmer temperatures to germinate, so planting a week or two earlier when it’s cold isn’t really a benefit.
Blue and Violet groups–I know you probably feel anxious to get started! But come back and read this post in a month, or whenever you are feeling behind.