When is the best time to start a garden? About five years ago! Someone asked me amid April if it was too late to start a garden. Well, my gardens go year-round. Typically the last planing is around September 11. If I plan on doing garlic or onions, I plant them around Columbus Day, October 11. The main goal I want you to take away from this blog post is that gardening takes time and patience and endurance and constant learning, experimentation and application.


Here's why I say the best time to plant a garden was five years ago: One of my favorite business leaders, Dan Miller, author of "No More Dreaded Mondays," uses a similar analogy regarding trees. When was the best time to plant a tree? 10 years ago. If you haven't planted your tree, you'd better go plant it. He uses this analogy to help teach business principles, but the analogy if perfect for home gardening. (Note: These are not affiliate links. I'm not getting paid or receiving kickbacks for the links above. I'm just a fan of Dan and what he does in helping people move toward more meaningful work.) 


We live in a here-and-now culture. Gardening doesn't work that way. If you wait until you're hungry to plant your garden, it's already too late. I wish people would stop asking about the best time to plant a garden because if you're asking that question, you're already several years behind. A former county extension agent told me that it took him six years to develop his system of gardening. Six years! This doesn't happen over night, folks. It's about the accumulation of well-made decisions coupled with well-executed plans that make for successful home gardening.


Whew! Okay, what can you do now, today, this week or this month get started with your garden? Here's what to do:


  • Mark the first frost date in your calendar.
  • Backtrack 60 to 90 days, and you'll have the date for planting your autumn garden.
  • Plan a fall garden.
  • Garlic, onions, turnips, collards, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Swiss chard make for great fall crops.
  • Use cover crops and green manures to enrich your soil for next year's bounty.

Grow'em big!



P.S., What's stopping you from starting a garden this year?

One Response to “The Perfect Time to Plant a Garden!”

  1. Damon Says:

    Again, what's stopping you from starting a vegetable garden this year?

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