Planting In Zone 5: What To Plan In The Spring
Spring, specifically the middle of April onwards, brings about the gardening season for USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5. I look forward to these times of the year when I can start to plant seeds and cool-weather crops. Spring is the time for you to prepare your garden beds and soil, plant your vegetables and crops, and look forward to the warmer, summer weather that brings a bountiful harvest. So planting in zone 5: what to plan in spring that I will share more details on this post.
Knowing Your Frost Date
Before you determine what you should plant, you have to know your frost date. The USDA divides up the nation into Hardiness Zones. Each of the areas that share a zone have the same first and final frost date. Use this date to determine when you will plant your seeds and seedlings.
For zone 5, the last expected frost date is between the end April and end of May. The specific date typically falls on May 11th, but it is important to remember that is just an estimate. There is no way they can set one date when frost never occurs past it. It is important for gardeners to watch the weather.
Plot What to Plant
Cool weather crops can be planted before your frost date. Check the back of your seed package which will tell you the specific time frame to plant the seeds. For example, tomato plants should be started inside four to eight weeks before your final frost date. On the other hand, cabbage seedlings should be planted two to three weeks before your final frost date, which means you need to start them indoors a few weeks before that date.
What You Can Plant in the Spring
Now that spring is upon us in Zone 5, it is time to start planting, but what can you plant?
Warm Weather Crops
Warm weather crops still need to be planted in the spring, but you must wait until the threat of frost passes. Spring doesn’t officially end until the end of June!
Once the threat of frost passes, you can start planting other crops. By this time, all of the plants you previously planted will be well-established. You might even have a small harvest of radishes, depending on the variety you planted. Once you are past the final frost date, you can plant:
Along with these fantastic crops, you can also plant most herbs after the last frost. Spring is a busy time for those of us living in Zone 5. Get to work! We only have a short time to get all these plants into the ground for a proper harvest.