Herbs, Edibles & Successive Planting
Now is a great time to start planting herbs in your garden. The temperatures at night are still cool, but thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, chives, mint, tarragon and fennel are all hardy enough to deal with our spring nights. As for vegetables; beets, broccoli, cabbage, peas, potatoes, strawberries, spinach and lettuce are ready to go as well. Sometimes I tuck herbs into my flower garden for texture, scent and wildlife.
Planting small raised beds, wine barrels, bowls or window boxes is a great way to have the edibles without the work of a full blown vegetable garden. The variety of veggies and herbs you can plant is wide open. Potatoes can be planted in wine barrels or potato bags. Planting a salad bowl pot or window box with lettuce, radishes & tomatoes, is a good start. You could also plant a salsa bowl….tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, tomatillos and garlic/onions. …larger pots/boxes will not dry out as fast as smaller bowls, but you will still need to watch your water if the weather continues to be hot and dry. Plants in containers have nowhere to go for water or nutrients, so you have to make sure to check them regularly. Adding pansies, nasturtiums or calendula adds flowers and colour while still being edible J
Succession planting is another way to extend your season. Leafy green vegetables tend to go to seed, in hot weather. Planting seeds for lettuce, cilantro and other leafy greens every few weeks helps extend your crops. Look for heat tolerant varieties as the season progresses. Below is a little resource to help you see what and when to plant and replant. Enjoy!!
Suggested Spring Plantings March-April
By Seed: By Starts
By Seeds or Starts
Suggested Summer Plantings July – Sept.
By Seeds By Starts
Seeds or Starts