The Vegetable Garden

Zones 5-6 Garden Calendar and Monthly Garden Tips

Monthly To-Do List To Keep You On-Track All Year With Your Garden Activities For Zones 5-6

January:

  • Start a garden record book now, allowing space to record the dates of first and last frosts, sowing seeds, planting, transplanting, time of bloom, first fruits, fertilizing, problems with pests, and other information. Over a period of years, this will be an invaluable record.
  • Browse seed catalogs and start planning this years garden.
  • Start cool season plants in greenhouse or warm southern window.
  • Plan vegetable garden; remember to rotate crops.
  • Plow or till garden in the fall or winter to reduce populations of grasshoppers and harlequin bugs.

February:

  • Browse seed catalogs and start planning this years garden.
  • Order from catalogs or pickup seeds local garden shop.
  • Start more cool season plants in greenhouse or warm southern window.

March:

  • Plant blueberries, strawberries and grapes.
  • Mulch strawberries with pine straw as soon as they start blooming.
  • Start seeds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other warm-season veggies. Also start cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese greens, cabbage and kohlrabi, as well as other greens.
  • If you have a frost-free cold frame, plant early spinach, lettuce and other hardy greens. Place onions and tomatoes started in February in a frost-free cold frame by mid-month.
  • It's traditional to plant peas and taters on St. Patrick's Day, but if your garden soil feels like Play-Doh, wait until later to plant [if it's like chocolate cake, go ahead !]
  • Fertilize the garden as the soil is being prepared for planting. unless directed otherwise by a soil test. Soil samples can be taken to your county extension office to be analyzed.