When to Plant Vegetables in Utah

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It's gorgeous outside and I'm sure many of us have spent the morning and early afternoon doing some yard work. I love this time of year!

I'm starting to plan my garden and thought I'd remind everyone when we can plant vegetables. The countdown is on- I'll be planting some late weather crops this weekend! You can see the full Utah planting schedule here.

 

I just love my raised garden beds they make weeding, planting and controlling the soil so much easier. The soil in raised beds heats up very quickly in the spring too, and the bed is easy to cover with a hoop that protects crops when frost is a threat. I spotted these Greenes 4 Ft. X 8 Ft. X 10.5 In. Cedar Raised Garden Beds on sale on Amazon right now if you want to give them a try with very few tools needed.

When to Plant:

Hardy Veggies- Plant as early as March 15th

  • Artichoke
  • Kohlrabi
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Radish
  • Turnip

Semi-Hardy Vegetables: Plant late-March to Early April

  • Beet
  • Lettuce
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Parsley
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsnip
  • Swiss Chard

Tender Vegetables: Average Planting Date: May 5 – June 1

  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Summer Squash
  • Dry Bean
  • Sweet Corn
  • Snap Bean

Very Tender Vegetables: Average Planting Date: May 20 –June 10

  • Cantaloupe {ok, fruits too}
  • Pumpkin
  • Eggplant
  • Tomato
  • Lima Bean
  • Watermelon
  • Pepper
  • Winter Squash

Here's a little frugal tip that I like to do. I cut the bottom out of the pots that you get when you purchase a tree, bush or perennial and use them to shelter tender plants from our harsh Utah wind. In the early spring you can cover them in a plastic bag (I just use bags that come as part of packaging from purchases throughout the year). After covering the pot, secure it by pushing it into the ground a few inches. It works perfectly and is a great way to reuse those pots year to year.

After the season, all stack up in the corner during the winter for the next year, or you can use them to cover over lower zone plants, like lilies that sometimes don't make it through the winter. After cutting them to the ground, cover with the pots and top with mulch to help protect them from freezing.

Happy Planting!

Here are some other garden related posts you might enjoy:

Beautiful Utah Gardens
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?
Most Common Utah Weeds (and how to control them)

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