It’s Time to Think About Spring Planting

By Jim Revell, Garden Manager

I know we are in the middle of winter and, lately, it has definitely felt like winter, but it’s time to start thinking about spring and what you may want to plant in your BUG garden. Here are two websites that are great resources for planting purposes:
1 – – For general ideas on what to plant, go to Urban Farmer:
2 – – For more detailed ideas on planting:
Remember, most of Bedford County is in USDA Hardiness Zone 7, except for possibly higher elevations in the northern part of the County, which are closer to Zone 6. For our BUG community garden, however, we are in Zone 7.
So, here are some ideas on what and when to plant (modifying, of course, based on your own personal interest and taste!):

  • Start broccoli, cauliflower and peas indoors for later transplanting.
  • Start cabbage, chard, eggplant, kale, lettuce, peppers, spinach and tomatoes indoors for later transplanting.
  • Mid-to-late March (from after St. Patrick’s Day to month-end): Transplant broccoli, cauliflower and peas to the garden.
  • Near end of March: Plant beets and carrots in the garden.
  • Transplant cabbage, chard, kale, lettuce and spinach to the garden.
  • Mid-to-late April: Plant onion seedlings, and seeds of chard, kale, lettuce and spinach direct in the
  • Early May: Sow 2nd planting of beets in the garden.
  • Mid-May: Plant beans, corn and cukes in the garden; plant squash in the garden once soil
    temperature is around 60o F.
  • Mid-to-late May: Transplant eggplant, peppers and tomatoes to the garden. June:
  • Sow 2nd planting of beans, corn, cukes and squash in the garden.
  • Start broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower indoors for Fall transplanting. August-1st of September:
  • 1st week of August: Plant beets, carrots, chard, kale, lettuce, peas and spinach indoors for later
    transplanting OR
  • Mid-to-late August: Plant above items directly into the garden.
  • End of Aug-1st of Sept: Transplant broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower to the garden. September:
  • Mid-September: If seeds were started indoors (1st week of August), transplant beets, carrots, chard,
    kale, lettuce, peas and spinach to the garden OR
  • If seeds were sowed directly in the garden (1st week of August), sow 2nd planting of beets, carrots,
    chard, kale, lettuce and spinach direct in the garden (for late Fall/early Winter harvest). Note: It is too late in the season to sow a 2nd planting of peas directly into the garden.
    Here’s to happy planning and planting for 2021!

” The most important seed you can plant is kindness; the most important crop it yields is joy.”

Mashona Dhliwayo

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