The backyard garden calendar discusses garden tasks and trends in your planting zones.
Gardening is a year-round activity. When we are not actively planting and harvesting, we are planning and preparing.
The planning stage of your garden calendar is done in January in all zones north of zone 10. In zone 10, you are in the middle of planting and harvesting. The planning stage in 10 would be in the middle of summer.
What will you plant?
Now, with your list in hand, decide which will be grown from seed and which will be purchased already started at the garden center.
And where will you plant it?
Fall would have been the ideal time to get the beds ready for spring. If that didn't happen, it can still be done before planting time. Use those warmer days it late winter to get ready.
Planting can begin as early as February in some zones, or as late as mid-April in others.
In the extreme northern zones, (1, 2, and 3) you can expect possible frost year round. With care, plants can be grown in the summer months.
In Zone 10 (and higher outside the country) the best growing season in in the winter months.
The Plant Hardiness Chart is your guide to the proper time for planting your favorite vegetables.
Plant hardiness is divided into five categories :
You need to know the date of the average date of the last frost in your area.
Your garden calendar should include plans for starting seeds indoors. Plant them 30 days before you intend to transplant outside.
With garden covers, they can be started even earlier. Find out how.
(See map above.)
Zone 3 International Fall Minnesota, edges of states bordering Canada, Rocky Mountain tops, mountain tops in New England.
Zone 4 Duluth and Minneapolis area in Minnesota, much of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Northern half of South Dakota, northern New England and Great Lakes States, Rocky Mountain areas in Colorado.
Zone 5: Much of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin, southern South Dakato.
Zone 6: A belt of states around the middle of the US, starting in Massachusitts, through Kansas,spotty moving west through Colorado, Utah. Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Zone 7: A belt below zone 6, starting in New Jersy, through the Texas panhandle, and spotty through the western states all the way to the Canadian border of Washington.
Zone 8: Covering the southern states from North Carolina through middle Texas, and spotty through New Mexico, Arizona, California, western Oregon and Washington
Zone 9: Much of Florida, southern Louisiana and Texas, much of California, southern coastal Oregon and Washington.
Zone 10: Winter snow bird areas; the tip of Florida, Rio Grand Valley at the tip of Texas, Phoenix, Yuma, Arizona, and southern tip of California.
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