Spring Planting Tips

Though it still might feel too cold to start on your vegetable garden it is time to get some things started and if those things aren't on your agenda this year, its time to get things ready for the crops that you will be planting in next month or two. 

First, what should you plant now? It is time to get many of the cool season crops going: Peas, most of the brassicas (like Kale, Chard, Broccoli, Pak Choi), Beets, Spinach, Romaine, Lettuce, Arugula and several others. Potatoes and onion starts should go in the ground in March to get the best production.

Whether you're ready to plant or you just want to get your planting beds ready, you need to make sure you've added plenty of rich compost to the beds to maximize plant growth. If you didn't add lime in the fall, you might want to do so now. Nearly all the vegetables prefer a slightly more alkaline soil than our Northwest weather usually gives us. Adding lime in the fall insures the calcium will be absorbed into the soil by the time spring comes around but if your soil is too acidic it is not too late to start changing the pH with lime.

If you are going to be planting tomatoes the lime will add some of the calcium these plants need but additional calcium from a source like bone meal will help prevent the all to common blossom end rot from the heartbreak of seeing your crop destroyed at the end of the season!

For an early head start use walls of water protection when planting tomatoes and peppers.