Summer Planting Game Plan

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It’s officially spring and yes, there’s still snow on the ground in New England. That shouldn’t stop you from starting to think summer and the deliciousness that will come from the garden! This is a good time to bust out the seed catalogs, look at the pages you dogeared, plants you circled and get down to business making your list.

Try not to be crazy and get sucked in by plants like fennel or hot peppers if you’re not even sure your family will eat them. Do yourself a favor, get those at the farmers market and use the space in your garden for something like peas or cherry tomatoes. Speaking from experience, there is nothing worse than having a great crop of beets only to discover you’re the only one in the house who will eat them (sigh and eye roll).

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My list usually includes two categories  – buy from seed and buy as small plants. The lists look something like this:

Plants I buy as seed and plant outside in spring

  • radishes
  • shelling peas
  • snap peas
  • lettuce
  • arugula
  • mustard greens
  • spinach
  • kale
  • carrots
  • beets
  • zucchini & summer squash
  • basil

Plants I prefer to purchase

Look for small plants that have not outgrown their temporary pot or packaging.

  • tomatoes
  • bell pepper
  • jalapeños
  • cucumbers
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • basil

If you need a cheat sheet, take a look at this resource from the UNH Cooperative Extension. You can start planting some things as early as mid-April! This includes lettuce, kale, carrots, beets, peas and spinach.

If it makes you feel any better about this weather, April 15 is only 17 days from today!

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