This week has been a whirlwind of sun and rain, with mildly temperate temperatures. What do you have planned?
The first and second quarter are a Pacific Northwest’ gardener’s dream. The sun is starting to peek through the haze of winter and people are gearing up for summer fun. While the sun has failed to shine for more than a day, we are still heading into the late-Spring/Summer season – and NW gardeners are amp-ing up their garden gloves.
But, what should you plant?
Our climate is great for many things, but remember, many crops are seasonal, or need some special attention. It’s also about the timing, the weather, and your soil type. Ensuring you have enough sun (or shade), the time of month, and your landscaping’s soil type (loamy, clay, etc.) will guide your plants towards optimal growth.
These plants are great for late-April/early-May planting.
- Carrots – Best in loamy soil, these plants are great for any meal (raw, baked, steamed, or boiled!) This root vegetable needs good soil and time to germinate and mature past its stubby start.
- Cilantro – Cilantro is used in many cuisines across the world, in both fresh and dried varieties.
- Dill – Like cilantro, sill is used to flavor food and will enhance any otherwise bland dish.
- Cauliflower – People have said these can be difficult to grow, but they will definitely be worth your while.
- Pole Beans – Beans are great for any dish and are so fun! They grow and grow and grow, and give and give and give! The kids will enjoy snapping them off the vine!
- Summer Squash – Another loamy soil dweller, squashes need room to yield, but are healthful and delicious!
- Lettuce – Used for soups, salads, sandwiches, and anything else you can think of, lettuce, is hardy and can be grown year-round. There are many varieties of lettuce, and some can even be grown in winter (under a layer of straw).
Not only are these vegetables healthy and wholesome, but many require simple upkeep. Save on your grocery bill and spend more time outdoors. What’s not to love?