What to Plant Now (4 weeks before last frost. Hallelujah!)

It’s approximately four weeks before the last frost date.  As I sit here rather cold this morning again, I am sure post-frost date is going to feel pretty darn good.


I used to plant everything May 12th.  Which of course endured one last frost.  I planted all the seeds for cold crops and summer crops.  No succession planting, no spring, summer, and fall plantings, just all in one shot.  Now I know a little better.  Still learning, I assure you, but I know in order to get those cold crops to finish growing they need to be planted strategically.  And anything under the ground loves a little time in the spring to get started.

Here is a modest list of what you can plant now.  Remember, only cold crop seeds and underground crops can be planted now.

4 weeks before: radishes, parsnips, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Alaskan or English peas, snap peas, snow peas, and asparagus.

This year I started the broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage in a greenhouse to see if they grew any faster this year (we have a rather short growing season) so they cannot go outside until after the frost date now.

2 weeks before: herb plants, flower seeds, herb seeds, strawberries, lettuce mixes, and more of the above seeds to stretch your season!

May 15thish plant the rest!  In July plant everything above again for yummy fall treats.  You’ll miss radishes by then!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. AW says:

    Great advice! I’m also in a Colorado mountain town and never know when to plant!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I just fixed a huge typo! Plant summer crops May 15th, not April 15th! I am sure you knew what I meant. Not planting much today! Stay warm!

  2. juliepullum says:

    Weather must be similar to here lovely during the day at the moment, but very cold at night, we have had frosts as late as June but we don’t usually get first frosts until October, but who knows we have had them first week of September, so it’s hurry hurry hurry for sowing and planting out. Just waiting to get my tomatoes climatised a little then they can go in the cold frames, fingers crossed all will be well and the windowsills will be free of planters so no dogs knocking them to the floor like last year!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      My planting is delayed now for a week or so, lots of rain/snow. I am sure the trees and pastures will love it. Hopefully it clears up and warms up in time for Isabelle to have her babies!

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