When Can You Start Planting Your Garden? We'll Tell You...

Feb 15, 2019

February signals the start of the planting season for gardeners in warmer areas of Utah. So get out and plant lettuce, carrots, peas, spinach, onions and some of those other cool season crops. It’s a good time if you’re down in St. George.

Here in northern Utah commonly we wait until later this month or early March before we start planting. The snow hasn’t completely gone off the garden. So you have to watch for those events that signal the start of it. A dry soil surface and then you’re ready to go. 

Also, it’s time to get started for your earliest transplants. Veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and onion take about eight weeks to get up to size so you need to get them started now so that you’re ready to plant come mid to late April. You need to get a few things ready to be able to do that. Use clean sterilized trays, find some good potting soil and then germinate those seeds in a warm place.

Once the crop emerges grow the plants out in full sun if possible.  You need at least eight hours of sunlight each day. Fluorescent tubes in a grow light will also work but make that lamp is close to the plants; about two or three inches above the merging seedlings. Then make sure that you water them as needed. Be careful not to overwater and feed them weekly. You should have plants ready by mid-April.