Over the last few weeks, we have gotten many questions about when to plant our gardens. People have been surprised to see Trellis staff in gardens throughout our area, planting thousands of plants this early in the year.

Trellis for Tomorrow times plantings to maximize the growing season by planting appropriate crops as early as possible. We have already planted peas, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and some cold hardy greens such as spinach, swiss chard, kale, collards, cabbage and other plants in the brassica family.

Some of these plants take a long time to mature, like potatoes and onions, while others will be harvested within a couple of months to make room for our summer crops. It’s important to carefully plan and select your early season crops to maximize your garden harvests over the year. When planning out your garden it is important to think in 3 dimensions: time until harvest, space a certain plant takes up in terms of width, and space a certain plant takes up in height. These last two components must be considered both above and below ground.

For example, we know that carrots have deep root systems and a fairly long growing period, while lettuce has a very shallow root system and a relatively short growing period, but they are both adapted to cooler weather and can be planted simultaneously. Trellis will frequently interplant these crops, lettuce down the middle and carrots on the sides. This means that lettuce will be harvested out and replaced with a summer crop, while the carrots remain and will not be harvested until the summer crop needs that space.

 

Through careful planning, we are looking forward to growing thousands of pounds of produce in 2021 to go out into the community. We would love to see what veggies you are planting in your home garden this spring! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram so that we can celebrate your gardens.