Say goodbye to the cold, Spring is right around the corner. It’s never too early to get a head start on your spring gardening season. The joy of cooking up some Springtime garden favorites will brighten any meal. While the process of growing your own vegetables may seem daunting with the help of our blog, before you know it you will be cooking delicious meals with ingredients that came right from your own backyard.
When Does Early Spring Start?
The first day of Spring in 2022 this year is March 20, 2022, however these days, that isn’t much help. For planting it is more important to know when the last frost date in your area. With the shifts in our weather lately instead of going by the calendar date of when spring starts, we instead want to wait for certain temperatures and climates for us to start planting.
Luckily, sites like the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map can show various regions in the country’s temperature. Using this map as the standard, gardeners and growers can determine which plants will likely thrive in their location and when is best to plant them.
Understanding Plant Hardiness Maps
The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10° F zones. It is based on the average minimum winter temperature of the area and there is a 10° F difference for each zone. The higher the zone number, the warmer the average minimum temperature. For example: Los Angeles, in warm year-round Southern California, is categorized as 10a. Meanwhile, cold in the winter New York City is currently zoned as 7b.
What This Means for You
With this information from what the Plant Hardiness Map says about your area you can apply it to your own garden going forward. This will allow you to make the best decisions for you garden particularly when it comes to choosing what plants will survive best and what excess watering or care they will need.
As we know, different plants grow better in different seasons. For Springtime vegetables plants grow better in different stages of Spring. Early Spring tends to be wetter and still have some of winter’s cool air. In this time frost torant cole crops, grow best as they hate warmer- near summer- heat. Cool early Spring vegetables love cool air and thrive in this time. Vice-versa late Spring vegetables can’t survive the cold air lingering from Winter time and love the warming air leading into Summer.
We will go deep into detail on Early Spring vs. Late Spring vegetables in our upcoming articles. No matter what you are planning on planting, Biomin Starter makes a fantastic growing environment filled with nutrients for plants tarting from seed. If you plan on starting from transplant, be sure to start your plants with a great rooting establishment product like Rhizone to ensure success on transplant.
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