First week of April- As soon as you can work the soil, you can start to plant peas and FAVA beans and spinach- DIRECT SEED
3rd week-end of April- beets, carrots, radishes, parsnips, arugula, Asian greens (bok choy, mizuna, tatsoi, Chinese cabbage, etc.), broccoli raab, mustard greens-DIRECT SEED
***These seeds come up quick, except for carrots. We cover these crops with a row cover (a light blanket for plants). It will only protect the plants by a few degrees, but this may be enough to keep from frost. *** Also, this information is based on best growing times in Bethel. If you are further South, you may be able to start earlier.
Early- Mid May- Broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, kale, collards, Swiss Chard, Celery, cabbage, brussel sprouts, (SEEDLINGS) Lettuce (DIRECT SEED and/or SEEDLING) ***If you are expecting frost, these need to be covered***
HERBS- PLANT SEEDLINGS (Germinating is a pain) EXCEPT- Cilantro and Dill- Easy, but can spread seeds like crazy if you let it go to flower.
PERRENIAL HERBS- Chives, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, Mint
ANNUAL HERBS- Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Dill
End of May- first week June- Hot weather plants are ready to go in: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants SEEDLINGS
Beans, cucumbers, summer squash , winter squash (Direct seed or seedlings) Very temperamental roots, ONLY KEEP IN POT FOR MAX 3 weeks before planting outside, but DIRECT seeding is best.
Read your seed packets to see which plants perform better in Spring/Fall vs. plants that need summer heat. Succession plant throughout the season (about every 3-4 weeks)