The best part of winter is drooling over the seed catalog from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange — or as hubby likes to call it, my farm porn. Their seed sells like hot cakes, so I placed my order last night, thinking this early bird would get lots of worms. Nope. Can’t believe on January 2, they were already out of the onions, tomatoes, and cauliflower I wanted, but more is scheduled to arrive around January 10. So I went ahead with my first attempt at a spring and summer garden calendar, assuming those missing varieties will come through.
Creating a simple Excel spreadsheet, I listed all the fields you see below plus actual planting, transplant, and harvest dates. The planned transplant and harvest times were estimated using SESE’s recommended planting dates and days to maturity for each crop. I may be way off, so that’s why I’m keeping up with when these tasks actually happen. That way, next year’s calendar will be even more accurate.
We’ve only got four tiny raised beds, so we’re trying to maximize every inch of space. In the first raised bed, we’ll do carrots followed by summer squash. The second bed will have onions, then winter squash. The front beds will sport a couple of broccoli and cauliflower heads in the spring, then Brussels sprouts later in the year. Because our winters are so mild, I’m going to try to stagger the sprout plantings so we can enjoy them fresh long into the winter. All of the other crops will be in containers.
Hard to believe it’s almost time to convert the kitchen into a greenhouse again. What are you planting this spring, interwebs?