6 Important Dates for Your DIY Vegetable Garden

I don’t know about you but I am so excited about the change in season.  Nebraska winters can be brutal. Ok, Mackenzie can laugh at that statement now that she has experienced her first winter in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.

Photo: by Michael & Christa Richert  - Freeimages 1431123
Photo: by Michael & Christa Richert – Freeimages 1431123

Spring is the time to start thinking about planting a vegetable garden with anticipation of harvesting delicious produce.  We no longer have an area for a garden but will enjoy our trips to the country’s best Farmers Market, “Lincoln’s Haymarket Farmers Market,” which I wrote about a couple of years ago.

According to gardenguides.com, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) Horticulture Extension Service suggests the following dates to plant various vegetables.  If you live in the United States but not from Nebraska you can contact your state’s Cooperative Extension Office for planting season information.

Nebraska Vegetable Planting Season

March 15: plant asparagus crowns, collards, onion sets, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips. Radishes will taste sweeter if they are grown in cool weather, according to UNL

March 30: plant leeks, mustard, potatoes and Swiss chard.

April 5: plant broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce and kohlrabi. Carrots taste bitter if they are grown in cool weather.

April 15: plant beet seeds.

May 1: plant cantaloupe, cucumber, pumpkin and summer squash.

May 15: plant eggplant, muskmelons, okra, peppers, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and watermelon. 

Are you a gardener?  What are you planning for your garden this year?  I hope to do a little container gardening this year.  Another DIY in the making.

Happy Gardening!

Sonya Kay