Edibles Planting Schedule

Spring
March 1 – peas, spinach, kale
April 1 – peas, lettuce, carrots, radish, spinach
April 15 – swiss chard, lettuce, carrots, radish
Summer
May 1 – marigolds, tomatoes(transplant), bush beans
May 15 – peppers (transplant), bush beans
June 1 – cucumbers, summer squash (transplant)
June 15 – herbs (transplant), bush beans
July 1 – bush beans
Fall
July 15 – peas
August 1 – broccoli, cabbage (transplants, eets, lettuce, spinach, kale
August 15 – leaf lettuce
September 1 – radish

 

Organic Gardening
Use natural mineral and organize fertilizers to build soil.
Do not use synthetic chemicals for pest control.
Use good management practices to deter problems.

 

Limitations:
 Usually more labor intensive.
Need to accept some, often superficial damage.

The strongest concern of an organic gardener is care of the soil.

 

Good management practices:
 *Keep plants healthy:  well-drained soil, proper nutrients & pH, adequate  moisture, correct variety for KY, & sunny location.
*Adhere to planting date recommendations.
*Find resistant varieties.
*Control pests when they are young.
*Inspect garden at least twice a week.
*Correctly identify any problems.
*Control weeds.
*Mulch – controls moisture loss, weeds and diseases that may come from the soil.
*Select appropriate control measures. By hand or least toxic measure.
*Destroy old plants after harvest – do not compost.

Excerpted from Jefferson Co. Extension Services/UK handout