Come planting season, it can be hard to keep track of when to start which crops indoors, when to sow others directly into the garden, and when it's safe to transplant those freshly hardened off crops to their permanent new homes. I have found that organizing crops into a list categorized by their relevance to the last date of frost is a big help. This way, I know exactly what needs to be done each week leading up to the warmer months.
I created a download of this journal page from my own gardening notebook. But I understand my style (and handwriting) might not work for some. So I've also created a companion to this sheet which is a simplified, fill-in-the-blank worksheet for your use also.
To use this download, you will need to know the last date of frost in your location. You can use the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find your date here. From there simply fill in the blanks for the date of each week. Also included are common crops that don't require seed starting but rather transplanting. Guidelines for planting/transplanting fruit trees, strawberries, asparagus and more is also included.
This guide is a free downloadable PDF of two sheets. No physical item will be mailed to you. And it's completely free. Happy planting!
Angela is the farmer and content creator behind Axe & Root Homestead LLC. This historic six-acre permaculture farm is home to two Clydesdale horses, ten honeybee hives, five sheep, two guardian dogs, barn cats and a flock of 40 geese and ducks. The farm produces maple syrup, fruit from a small orchard and loads of garden produce for consumption, preservation and donation to the local food pantry.
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