2019 will be my second full year with a big backyard full of dirt! I am loving it!
After years of apartment balconies stuffed with potted, root-bound plants, this large, flat sunny parcel of land is absolutely (one of) my (many) dream(s) come true.
Recently, I read Lisa Mason Ziegler’s genius book Cool Flowers. I cannot wait to experiment by pushing the planting dates earlier and later to have the earliest spring flowers possible. Spring 2018, I planted seeds in May with my first flowers appearing at the end of June, so I am very excited about the possibility of April flowers someday…?!?! Unfortunately, I did not read Cool Flowers until October 2018, so I missed some of the earlier fall planting dates this year, but watch out 2019, I am ready for you!
The following list covers my garden’s very important planting dates. I am gardening in Northeast Ohio, Zone 6, and you are welcome to follow along and plant seeds with me. In fact, I would love it! I will be using the hashtag #aSummerofGardenBlooms on Instagram to share my planting, growing, harvesting, and floral arrangement process. You should use it too! I would love to see the loveliness you will grow in your own life. I will also freely share exactly which seeds I start, where I source them, and when I start them. Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you would like to be notified about these posts!
Also, please keep in mind, I just wrote this schedule to follow this year for the first time, so this is hugely experimental for me—but I have a good feeling it will be magic. :)
A few notes of explanation first: I have a limited number of grow lights and seed starting space, so I start seeds in waves. This also made it easy for me to stagger my planting last year, and I had a constant stream of beautiful flowers ready to cut.
I have two small plots of land covered with plastic hoop houses. They are really easy to create. Here is a great tutorial on Modern Farmer.
Now for the dates!
VERY IMPORTANT PLANTING DATES!! (ZONE 6)
January 7th - Start cool spring flowers under grow lights.
February 15th - Plant cool flower seeds + plants in hoop houses. Start new cool flower seeds under the grow lights.
March 4th - Plant cool spring seeds in the ground, covered with row cover cloth.
March 18th - Plant cool spring flower plants in the ground, covered with row cover cloth. Start summer flowers + vegetables under grow lights.
April 29th - Last spring frost. Plant cool season greens. Plant summer flowers + vegetable plants and seeds when night temps are above 50 degrees. Start next round of hot summer/fall vegetables and flowers under grow lights.
End of May - Plant next round of vegetable and flower plants in the garden.
End of June - Start fall vegetable seeds under grow lights.
July 18th - Plant fall cool vegetables in the garden.
August 29th - Begin fall planting of spring flower seeds in garden.