Christina you're in my zone- can I plant everything now? Is it too early for things like squash (winter varieties and summer) and cucumbers? Eggplant? Everyone has differing opinions!
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Yes, you're technically supposed to wait until May 15th, which is the frost date. My experience says to wait, as you won't get any benefit if your plants freeze or get stunted. I've even seen tomatoes get stunted because is just wasn't quite warm enough around May 15th. Some local gardening fanatics in the PNW don't plant until the end of May! If you time it right, you'll get maximum growth, even if you wait to plant.
I agree... wait it out! It's not worth it to lose them. Eggplant and peppers usually go out 2 weeks or so AFTER tomatoes. I also would wait to plant cukes, squashes, beans, etc. They like warm and their germination and growth could be erratic at best during the early spring... unless you cloche them.
I will wait then! Thanks ladies.
Here are some updated photos.
my strawberry pallet, which sits in my driveway. Ha! Urban gardening FTW
My two finished beds in my neighbors' yard. I think I'll use that space to the left for something... I just don't know what, yet! The far bed will have squash and corn, so I'm sure the squash will run out and I can train them in that direction. Other ideas?
This corner obviously has the most action right now. Go radishes and peas! I should thin these, yes?
A panoramic of the 4 beds (two are used by another neighbor. I am putting two more in my own yard ) Like our reclaimed trellises?! And OMG that fence. That's the border between their property and mine. It will be torn down soon, ugly old thing. Yuck.
Baby strawberries! I'm hoping that they keep doing alright!
Oh, yes the peas don't need thinned. But the radishes? Thin those?
I do have radishes along the edge. This might have been a dumb thing to do, but I put the radishes there because I figured they'll be ready to harvest before the peas really need the trellis. The peas are only about 6 inches from the edge. That photo is closeup :-)
I've mentioned I'm a beginner, right? :-)
You should thin the radishes so that they each have a little over an inch, they might be okay or you might have to thin them a bit. They can really be fairly close. Next time I would plant a thick row of peas right next to the edge. They will pretty much need a trellis as soon as they are a couple of inches tall. They get weird if they grow along the ground for too long, they really want to go up. You could probably give them all little stakes right now until the radishes are gone. You could also plant more peas in there, peas can be really thick.
I would definitely thin the radishes. As a general rule you can take out every other plant. And I agree with Abra, peas do not like to be trained, so they really need support within reach, early on so they know where to climb. And they have really shallow roots, so fiddling with them too much can cause damage. I've always planted my peas right next to their trellis and even so some of them end up flopping around. I would recommend planting more, closer to the trellis and/or consider running twine/string down from your trellis to your plants and stake them into the bed so those that are farther away have somewhere to go. Soak the seeds overnight before planting and they'll germinate quicker, but having a few waves of peas isn't a bad thing.
Your strawberry pallet is really cute!
I was going to plant out squash today, so I guess I will wait!
I put out my cabbage, kale, broccoli, onion, leek and lettuce starts yesterday, I think those should be okay??
I have squash (red kuri and Hubbard), carrots and zuks on my direct plant list... Should I wait until may on all of those??