Time for spring planting

The weather is getting warmer, so it’s not to soon to start thinking about planting for summer harvest. The end of March is a great time to plant a variety of vegetable crops.

It’s always a good idea to check for any predicted late frosts. Of course, they could be completely unpredictable! But try to plant your crops outside after the last predicted frost.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s garden planner for Oklahoma City, here are all the vegetables you can start planting in March in our area.

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

Don’t worry—if you have a busy month ahead of you, many of these vegetables can be planted in April as well. Most of these crops can be harvested in June and July if you plant them in March. Some of them, like leeks and broccoli, can even be planted again in August for a fall harvest.

The gardening section in The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s website is a great resource for this kind of information and more. There are growing guides for popular garden plants, a frost date calendar for our region, tips for dealing with pests, and even recipes.

The website has several articles full of gardening advice, as well. They recommend starting small if you are new to vegetable planting, and planting some of the easier crops for your first venture. If you’re really curious, you can sign up for a weekly newsletter to help keep you on track.

Lettuce, carrots, and beets are relatively easy to grow and can be started this month. And try planting marigolds around your vegetables to prevent hungry rabbits eating your crop! If you’re worried about a last-minute cold snap, consider mulching to protect the roots, or even covering your plants up on an unexpectedly chilly night.

Will you be starting a vegetable garden this spring?

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