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  Garden Guidelines for Zones 4 & 5

January 15:

         Indoors: Start from seed: onions & globe artichokes

February 15:

         Indoors: Start from seed: Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, leeks, lettuces, celeriac

March 15:

         Indoors: Eggplants, peppers, basil, tomatoes, cilantro

Early April:

Indoors: Start from seed: peppers, beets, eggplant, spinach and collards


Indoors: garlic, leeks, onions, endive, escarole and celery

Outdoors: Start from seed: peas, radishes, carrots, kohlrabi, sage, turnips and spinach

Late April:

Outdoors: Plant spring bulbs and roots- lilies, freesia, gladiolus, lily of the valley, dahlia, and peonies. At this time you can plant perennials that have acclimated to outdoor conditions.

April is also a good time to:
-Prune your roses
-Remove tree wrap
-Feed your turf areas
-Fertilize trees & shrubs

Early May:

Outdoors: Plant peas, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, sage, pansies, collards, kale, radishes, spinach, all potted perennials and summer flowering bulbs. 

From Seed: snap beans, mustard, pumpkins, corn and summer & winter squash


Outdoors: All of the Early May vegetables/flowers, plus spinach, all herbs, lemon balm, all hardened-off potted perennials, dahlia tubers and all annual flowers.

Late May:

Outdoors: All of the Early and Mid-May vegetables/flowers, plus pumpkins, basil, summer & winter squashes, cucumbers, lima beans, tomatoes, peppers and corn.

May is also a good time to:
-Acclimate annuals and perennials to their outdoor environment and only plant outside if they are ‘hardened off’.
-Plant trees, shrubs and evergreens.


Outdoors: From seed: beets, corn (early varieties), lima beans, snap beans and mustard

From Plants: pumpkin, tomato, cantaloupe, summer & winter squash, oregano, cucumber, pepper, endive, kale, kohlrabi, eggplant and leek

June is also a good time to:
-Feed your roses
-Feed your lawn if it looks like it needs it
-Prune plants and shrubs after they have bloomed
-Do not remove foliage from bulbs. It is energizing the bulb for next year!
-Dead head annuals and perennials to extend blooming period
-Water your hanging baskets well

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