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Planting a Vegetable Garden!

Have you or your family ever grown a vegetable garden? Planting vegetables and watching them grow can be a lot of fun. 😄 My favorite part of growing a garden is being able to eat fresh veggies from my backyard!

Do you remember the blog post about how to grow tomatoes last spring? Click here to view that post. Today we’re learning about when to plant certain vegetables and how to make sure they grow well!

There are a few things you want to keep in mind when you start a garden:

  • ☀️ Sunlight: plants need sunlight to grow – make sure to find a sunny spot to plant your vegetables.
  • Dirt (Soil): whether you’re planting in the ground or in a container, plants will grow best in good soil. Have a parent or other adult help you find or purchase good soil.
  • 🌱Type of plant: some fruits and vegetables don’t grow well in certain areas. Click here to find out what fruits and vegetable grow best where you live.
  • 🌦Temperature: in the world of gardening you may hear the term “frost dates”, these dates refer to the time it is best to start planting. For the most part you don’t want to start planting until temperatures stay above 32°F. In Utah, the last frost date typically lands at the end of April or beginning of May.

When is the best time to plant your favorite veggies?

(these dates are specific to Utah)

March 15 – May 1:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Onion
  • Rhubarb
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Radish
  • Beet
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower

May 5 – June 1:

  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Snap beans

May 20 – June 10:

  • Pumpkin
  • Eggplant
  • Tomato
  • Pepper
  • Winter squash

If you don’t have enough space to plant a garden at your house, you may be able to find a community garden to use instead. Go to this website to see if there is a community garden near you:

Have fun gardening this year!

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