Hello everyone! It's December, and I want everyone to be prepared for growing food as early as January, next year!! I originally posted "Vegan Garden Calendar (How to & what to grow all year) @ http://veganslivingofftheland.blogspot.com/2012/11/world-vegan-mont...
Make John Kohler happy, and grow some food for yourself!
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NOW THEN...I want to first mention that I am speaking for my own Gardening Zone: I live in Zone 6, which has mild summers and winters; thus most of you will be able to plant around the same time as I am. I'm going to give you a run-down on what I'm going to plant, and when. Keep in mind, if you live in a warmer location (Zone 7-9) you can plant earlier than me and if you live in a colder location (Zone 1-5), then you may want to delay your planting by a couple of weeks:
Use this month to prep your garden or prep a room that will be used for starting veggies indoors. Also, make a list of supplies or seeds you may need: I bought a variety pack of organic, non-gmo, non-hybrid seeds of all the , fruits and greens I have listed, here
has a long growing season, so it will be started indoors during the middle of the month. I will be starting cabbage somewhere around the 15th of February
. Expect the seeds to germinate between 5-10 days. You can get more info about how to germinate cabbage seeds and other seeds here
. Secondly, Brussels Sprouts
resent heat, which is why I'll be directly plating Brussels in my garden at the beginning of February (February 1st-4th
.) Brussels also take 90-120 days to mature, thus harvesting them at the beginning of May (May 4th
.) You could also start Brussels indoors four to six weeks before transplanting them in February.
Onions can be started indoors eight to 10 weeks before the last expected frost (I will be starting my onions indoors on March 1st. Secondly, Celery has a long growing season, taking between 90 and 120 days to mature, so start indoors at during March 11th-15th. Then Moreover, you can directly sow Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Peas, and Potatoes when you start Celery on March 15th. At the end of the month, start Peppers (cayenne, green, jalapeno), Tomatoes, and Eggplants indoors, around March 30th.
Transplant the Cabbage and Onions to the garden after four to six weeks (April 15th.) Directly sow Beets, Carrots, Spinach, and Lettuce during April 11-15th in your garden. These have the shortest growing season. Also, you will need to start your melons (Pumpkins, Watermelons, and Cantaloupe) at the end of the month, around April 30th.
Transplant Celery on May 15th. Directly sow lettuce, and zucchini, and sweet potatoes on the 13th. Follow that by directly planting Cucumbers, Carrots, Corn, and Beans on the 15th. And, transplant Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant on May 30th.
Start Cabbage and Cauliflower indoors for a winter harvest; and transplant Melons to the garden at the beginning of June, around June 3rd.
Transplant Cauliflower around July 3rd-8th. And, directly sow Lettuce in your garden on July 15th-20th.
Transplant your winter Cabbage on August 1st, along with planting Frisee, Kale, and Swiss Chard on the 1st. Broccoli, Carrots, Beets, Radishes, and Turnips on the 15th of August. Spinach is to be directly sown a week after you plant your Broccoli, around August 22nd. Harvest these crops around October.
If you live in Zone 7 or higher, you'll be able to grow greens up to November -- Lucky you!
Remember that all plants have special needs, so do some research with each of the crops I have listed. Also remember that even if certain plants are heat intolerant, they still love
sun and water.
Grow all your crops in locations that get sun, and perhaps partial shade in the late afternoon.
Water plants 1-3 times a week, depending on the temperature and drainage of soil. Water plants in the early morning or late evening so that you are not scorching them during the hottest time of day, with water.
Keep in mind, this is my gardening calendar for Zone 6. You can find what gardening Zone you are here
, and you will able to know exactly when YOU will need to plant. Obviously if you live in a warmer climate than Zone 6, you may be able to grow a week or two before me; and if you live in a colder climate like Zone 3-5, you will need to plant a couple of weeks later.
You don't need a big yard to garden. You can grow many greens (spinach, lettuce, etc) in pots, water bottles, and buckets to save space, if you live in an apartment. Dwarf fruit trees could also be grown indoors in a VERY warm and sunny location. I have a post on space saving ways to garden here