To Plant or Not to Plant (Right Now)...That is the Question!

Spring has sprung! And the weather seems perfect for gardening. Despite the warmer weather and sunny skies, it is very important to restrain yourself from planting everything right now.

Some crops are considered "warm season" plants, while others are called "cold season" plants. What's the difference?

Warm season crops cannot withstand frosts and their seeds will not germinate in cold soil.

Cold season crops can withstand frosts and despite the cold soil temperatures, their seeds will germinate.

Cold season crops are what we can plant right now. Warm season crops will have to wait until after our average last frost, which is May 18th. (I usually wait until Memorial Day to plant my warm season crops just to be careful.)

Check out the lists below to see what you can plant right now, as well as those crops that should wait a couple weeks until we are frost free!

What to Plant in Your Garden Now:

 Clockwise from upper left: Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, broccoli, and spicy mustard greens.

Clockwise from upper left: Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, broccoli, and spicy mustard greens.

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips

 

 

 

What NOT to Plant in Your Garden Now:

*These crops should be planted outside after the average last frost date, which is May 18 in Missoula. And, because of our short growing season, planting a transplant instead of a seed this time of year will be the most productive*

 All of these veggies above are warm season crops.

All of these veggies above are warm season crops.

  • Artichoke
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Summer Squash (i.e. zucchini, crookneck squash, patty pan squash etc.)
  • Winter Squash (i.e. butternut, acorn, buttercup, delicata squash etc.)

 

 

If you have any questions, check out the planting guides in the Resource Binder in your community garden shed or ask a leadership committee member!