Knowing the seasons to sow, plant, and harvest each crop, along with the quirks of your local climate and the rough dates of the last frosts, will help you to plan a container garden that is both productive and attractive throughout the year.
As the weather warms up and the days lengthen it’s time to get sowing. Many crops can be sown outside now, but the warmth of a greenhouse or windowsill will give them a head start, and is essential for germinating tender crops.
- Outdoors: arugula, beets, carrots, chives, chop suey greens, cilantro,
corn salad, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley,
peas, radishes, scallions, spinach, Swiss chard, tarragon
- Under cover: alpine strawberries, arugula, basil, beets, carrots, celery root, corn, cucumbers, dwarf French beans, eggplants, lettuce, microgreens, peppers, tomatoes
- Outdoors: chives, fruit trees and bushes, garlic, mint, onion and shallot sets, potatoes, rhubarb, tarragon
- Under cover: citrus trees
Chives, kale, leeks, microgreens, parsley, rhubarb, rosemary, sage, Swiss chard, thyme, windowsill herbs