peas_packet.jpgA visiting friend from Nashville (recently upgraded from Zone 6 to Zone 7 on the new USDA hardiness map!) reminded me of how different spring planting can be all around the country. She’s been gardening for weeks back at home, while things are just barely getting going here. But this certainly is the time of year that people start to want to plant.

So, what can we plant? Here is an easy summary of spring vegetable planting dates in our Zone 5b Colorado Springs area based on information from Colorado State University Extension (those in Monument, Black Forest, etc may want to add a week or so):

Early March

Start seeds indoors
broccoli
cabbage
cauliflower
Brussels sprouts
seed onions
peppers

Mid March

Start seeds indoors
winter squash

Late March to early April

Start seeds indoors
tomatoes
eggplant

Apr 1

Sow directly outdoors
Snap peas, peas, and pea pods (Though one of our writers, Leslie Holzmann encourages you to wait even a little longer – see her post “Should I Plant Peas Yet?”)
Spinach
Potatoes (seed potatoes)

Early-to-mid Apr

Sow directly outdoors
Lettuce

Mid-Apr

Sow directly outdoors
beets
swiss chard
radishes
onion sets and plants

Transplants (seeds for these should be started indoors in early March)
broccoli
cabbage
cauliflower
Brussels sprouts

Late April

Sow directly outdoors
carrots

Mid-to-late May (soil temps of 60 degrees)

Sow directly outdoors
green beans
corn
parsnips
pumpkins
summer squash

Transplants (seeds for these should be started indoors in March and April)
peppers
tomatoes

Contributed by Carey Harrington, Certified Colorado Gardener & Colorado Native Plant Master
and
Susan Thomas, Certified Colorado Gardener

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