With longer days and sunnier skies, we can expect to see critters crawling out from hibernation and green sprouts cropping up from garden beds. No longer do we stress about whose turn it is to shovel snow tomorrow morning - it’s time to focus on sun-filled afternoons in the garden! Here are a few gardening projects that you can get started on in Detroit this April and May.
1. Plant Summer vegetables and cool-season crops
Imagine the perfect summer salad - a bowl chock-full of aromatic herbs and a rainbow selection of veg. Now imagine all of those ingredients harvested right out of your own garden! In April and May, you can plant summer vegetable seeds directly into the ground once the soil hits around 60° F. Summer crops include beans, cowpeas, cucumber, watermelon, squash, and pumpkin.
April and early May are also great times to plant cool-season seeds, such as onion, beets, lettuce, spinach, carrots and radishes. It’s also a good idea to start these guys indoors, as well!
2. Transplant your indoor plants into the garden
If you’re looking for a successful tomato, eggplant, or pepper yield, it’s a good idea to first sow your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost in Detroit. It’s not too late to start! Grab your seed-starting soil mix and container; you’ll have sprouts germinating in no time. Check this guide out to learn how to successfully start seeds indoors! Once those 6 weeks are up, transplant your new green friends into your outdoor garden bed.
3. Prepare your soil
Before you start your seeds indoors, it is important to remember that soil health is essential in the success of your crops. Pick up a bag of seed starting potting mix at your local nursery. Your first instinct might be to hydrate the soil as much as possible, but wet soil might lead to rot! Take a handful of soil in your hands and squeeze; if it crumbles, you’re ready to start sowing seeds!
With summer right around the corner, you can start getting excited about backyard barbeques, warm nights, and the smell of fresh veggies and fruits in your garden! Timing is everything - book a ToDoolie Helper to get your seeds planted today, so summer can be full of fresh salads and delicious fruits!