Gardening Cheat Sheet

Here’s a wonderful cheat sheet for gardeners of every caliber. Although the planting times on the graphic are tuned to English weather, you can find your own climate and country by using Good To Be Home ‘s excellent little cheat sheet app customized to your area. The app is directly below this graphic. Just plug in your information and it’ll personalize a planting guide just for your hardiness zone.

We live in Zone 8 (USA) which means spring is already here. I started some seeds indoors for hot weather plants like peppers and tomatoes and have direct sown seeds for greens like chard and spinach. Historically, February 14th is the day to plant potatoes in our part of Texas, but I was a little late. Hopefully, I’ll have more of the garden turned over this week and plant snap peas and radishes before the rains hit next week.

This year I’m trying purple potatoes. I’ve never grown them before but they since they’re so expensive at the grocery store I thought I’d try my hand at them. I’ll give you my verdict on taste at the end of the harvest year.

When do you start thinking about planting? Even if you still have snow on the ground, you can start planning now. I heartily recommend this cheat sheet and app.

Many thanks to Good To Be Home.

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4 Comments

  1. I love charts and things like this, even though the only thing I can grow are weeds. 🙂

    I’m considering changing up our landscaping a little in terms of more colorful plants like crotons and flowers like bougainvillea. I need hard-to-kill plants though. 🙂

    • Madeline: I’m changing things up on my front landscaping too. I’ve resisted bulbs for a long time, but I’m trying several this year including peonies and dahlias. I’m also including some clematis and jasmine vines for some trellises.

      I’d like to find more flowering shrubs. I picked up a gardenia, but it likes acid soil so I think I might keep it in a pot for now.

  2. Jenny Schwartz

    I grew up with a book most Aussie gardeners traditionally used: Yates Garden Guide. It gave planting times and all the details for growing everything from herbs to trees. Sadly, my city of Perth has had its climate change on us from temperate to arid over the last fifteen years. That makes planting decisions a whole lot tougher. It’s hard to justify wasting water on thirsty crops. Water-wise gardens are in – I cannot abide the fake lawns, though!

    • Jenny: That sounds a lot like California. They buy their water from other states to maintain lush lawns and landscaping. But to me that seems wasteful. They should do as Arizona does and simply embrace their natural environment.

      As a matter of fact, I was reading about how much of southern California was a wetland before investors decided the land was more valuable paved over. They also have a huge underground aqueduct, but they’ve used up nearly all that water. I read they might have less than 20 years left of the underground resource. I wonder how they’ll water their orchards after that.

      I’m not a lawn lover. It might look nice, but it’s just an affectation. I’d rather it be useful.

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