It’s officially spring! Hopefully that means it’s finally time to put away the ice scrapers and snow shovels and break out the gardening tools. Nothing says springtime like fresh, homegrown vegetables. If you’re ready to start your springtime gardening in the Wichita area, here are some planting guidelines to help your garden spring up nicely this season.
Late March - What to Sow Inside
Since the weather can still be a little crazy this time of year, it’s important that your planting is well timed. In March, it’s time to begin some of your spring planting. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, lettuce, onions, peas and peppers are ready to be sown, but this should take place inside or undercover. In late March, cabbage and onion can be planted outside.
April - Time to Move Outside
By the time April begins, the weather is warm enough to plant most of your vegetables outdoors. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, peppers, potatoes, radish and spinach are all able to survive outdoors during this month, according to Almanac.com. Despite the warmer weather, however, some vegetables are not yet ready for the outdoors. Cucumbers, lettuce, okra and peppers can be planted in April, but they should continue to be sown indoors or undercover.
May - Even More Outdoor
As May closes the spring season and welcomes the summer, vegetables to plant this month will vary depending on the time of the month. Beans, corn, melons, and summer squash can be planted outdoors at any point during the month of May, but items like tomatoes and cucumbers should be planted outside in the beginning of the month. During the later portion of the month, it will be time to start planting sweet potatoes and pumpkins in anticipation of the summer season to come.