Spring is around the corner, and in some parts of Arizona, so is gardening season! If you have an at-home garden or participate in a community garden, let this guide aid in your planting process.
Planting land is divided into zones. The types of produce you should plant depends on the zone your garden is located in. Use this map to determine your zone:
Early spring planting is not too common in Zone 1, as the weather can still be too cold. However, broccoli plants and other seedlings can be started indoors during this season. You won’t be left out for long! April is when most of the planting kicks off.
It’s also still chilly in Zone 2, but planting can begin in mid-to-late March, so start planning now! Start growing cauliflower, spinach, onions, peppers, and tomatoes indoors now. This produce will usually be ready to harvest between June and August.
Zone 3 is ready for greens! Early spring is the ideal time to start planting kale, lettuce, spinach, peas, and broccoli. Carrots, peppers, and tomatoes should be planted now as well. Plant this produce quickly, as harvesting time begins in May.
Peppers, tomatoes, peas, beets, and beans can all be planted now. It’s best if these plants remain indoors until May and June. Once the summer begins, the produce can transition to an outdoor environment.
If you are a gardener in this zone, don’t hesitate to start planting now. Beans, corn, carrots, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, and squash seeds can all start to be planted indoors. In mid-March, these seedlings can be transplanted to an outdoor garden.
Although these are the ideal times to start planting, weather can always shift. Before moving plants outdoors, be sure to check the temperatures and adjust your plans accordingly. If you’re feeling wary about your green thumb, you can always consult a local gardener to find out more about what’s best to plant in your area and when. Happy gardening, and may you have a bountiful harvest!