The Vegetable Garden

Zones 9-10 Garden Calendar and Monthly Garden Tips

Monthly To-Do List To Keep You On-Track All Year With Your Garden Activities For Zones 9-10

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.
  • Plant seeds of English peas, mustard greens, turnips, carrots, and radishes.
  • Plant transplants of broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts.
  • Start potatoes.
  • Raise tomato transplants indoors to set out after all danger of frost has passed. Choose varieties that are suitable for your area and have disease tolerance.
  • Remember to keep mulch around your vegetable plants to conserve moisture and reduce weed problems.

February

  • Sow seeds of English peas, mustard greens, turnips, beets, kale, kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce, radishes, carrots outdoors.
  • Start seeds indoors of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and okra.
  • At the end of the month organic gardeners can incorporate manure into the garden for planting in 3-4 weeks. Use 20 lbs. of cow manure per 1000 sq. feet.
  • Start herb seeds indoors in a protected area- basil borage, chives, parsley, summer savory, and thyme. Provide as much light as possible.
  • Make sure Fall-planted strawberries are getting enough water so they produce fruit.

March

  • Cool season vegetables such as mustard greens, turnips, and collards may still be planted.
  • Plant seeds of green beans, corn, carrots, lettuce, butter beans, cucumbers, and other warm weather vegetables.
  • Set out transplants of tomatoes, and peppers, Be prepared to cover in case of a late frost.
  • Mound up soil around potato stems to protect tubers from sun damage.
  • Plant seeds or transplants of basil, oregano, dill, and lemon balm.