Gardening is a beautiful and rewarding hobby, but it can also be a bit confusing. One of the most common questions gardeners ask is “When is the best time to plant?” Well, my dear friends, the answer is not as simple as you might think.
First, let’s talk about why you shouldn’t listen to your neighbor’s advice. Just because they had success planting their tomatoes in May, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Every garden is different and has its own unique microclimate. So, what works for your neighbor may not work for you.
Now, let’s talk about how to determine the best time to plant in your own garden. The best way to do this is by using a planting calendar. There are many websites that offer planting calendars based on your zip code and climate. A few popular ones include:
- Farmer’s Almanac Planting Calendar (www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar)
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac Planting Calendar (www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar)
- The National Gardening Association Planting Calendar (www.garden.org/plantguide)
These planting calendars will tell you the best time to plant for your specific region, including the best time for planting vegetables, flowers, and herbs. They also include information on frost dates and the average last spring frost date, which is important to know when planning your garden.
But, let’s be real, who wants to spend hours researching planting calendars and microclimates? That’s why I’m including a handy chart that you can access at the bottom of this blog post. Just enter your zip code and voila! You’ll have all the information you need to know when to plant in your own garden.
Timing is everything when it comes to planting your garden. Don’t rely on your neighbor’s advice, use a planting calendar to determine the best time to plant in your own garden. And, if you’re feeling lazy (like me), use the handy chart at the bottom of this blog post. Happy planting!
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