- Get ready to transplant cool season crops (onions, leeks, spinach, etc.) into your garden by hardening them off and moving them outside once daytime temperatures are reliably above 45 degrees F.
- Start your warm season crops (tomatoes, peppers, and curcurbits) indoors for transplanting in mid-June, once the threat of frost has passed.
- Build raised beds to reduce the amount of bending you need to do to maintain your garden.
- Plan for a healthy gardening season by making sure your tools are clean, sharp, and designed for a full season of comfortable use. Consider a 3-or-4 wheeled wheelbarrow to make hauling materials easier on your back. Be sure you have well-fitting gloves, sunscreen and insect repellant that hasn’t expired, and a sun had that keeps your face and neck in the shade.
- Finish up your spring pruning.
Best plants for our area are large variety of perennials such as a creeping phlox, dianthus, creeping thyme, stonecrop, and violets, which make excellent ground covers.
For all season long color, interplant hardy perennials like:
- Bee balm
- Russian sage
- Butterly weed
For Shady Gardens, try hosta coral bells, ferns, bleeding heart, Jacob’s Ladder, hellebore, foxglove, monkshood, spiderwort
Vegetables and herbs that should be planted from April to May include: Celery, Chives, Okra, Onions, Parsnips. Those that should be planted from May to June include: bush and pole beans sweet corn, late cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leeks, peppers, pumpkin, rutabaga summer and winter squash, tomatoes.
MAINE VEGETABLE GARDENING: KEEP YOUR GARDEN GROWING – PLANT FROM SPRING TO FALL
|Early Spring||Midspring||Early Summer||Midsummer to Fall|
|Plant as soon as the ground can be worked||Plant two weeks before the average last frost date||Plant when soil & sun are warm||Plant in late June-early July|
|Plant 1 Week Later||Plant In Early August|
Plant 10 Weeks Before Last Frost
*Plants are set out later than seeds as sown because hot weather is not favorable for growth
|Planting Seeds Indoors||Weeks To Sow Indoors Before Last Frost||Weeks To Germination||Set Out Transplants|
|Broccoli||5-7||1-2||After frost, late summer|
|Brussel Sprouts||4-6||1-2||After frost, late summer|
|Cabbage||5-8||1-2||After frost, late summer|
|Cauliflower||5-8||1-2||After frost, late summer|
|Cucumbers||2-3||1-2||2 weeks after frost|
|Eggplant||8-9||2-3||Midspring, early summer|
|Leeks||10-12||2-3||Mid to late spring|
|Head Lettuce||3-5||2-3||After frost|
|Peppers||8-10||1-2||Mid to late spring|
|Tomatoes||6-8||2-3||Mid to late spring|