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It’s time to start thinking about those garden beds and start thinking about your Early Spring Crops to Plant! If you have not already done so then you might want to start cleaning out those beds. Remove any dead branches, leaves, grass and weeds. You want to make sure that everything is cleaned out and down to the bear soil. Once everything is cleared out you will want to loosen your soil. You can do this with a tiller or by scooping dirt and turning it with a spade or shovel.
Once your soil is loosened up it is time to start thinking about planting. Here in the Grand Valley you can start planting your cold crops now. The rule of thumb I always remember is that I can plant right around President’s Day! But please remember that the only crops that will thrive right now is the crops that prefer the colder temps and can endure slight freezes.
Crops that Thrive in Cooler Weather
Right now you can think about planting your peas, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, radishes, beets and carrots. In just a week or two you can also plant your broccoli, Kohlrabi, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, onions and potatoes.
How can I know when I should plant?
If you stop into our local extension office they will gladly let you know the best crops to plant and when. Bookcliff gardens is another great place to ask questions. They will even give you a letter stating what to plant and when. Another great option is Mesa Feed & Seed. They are always glad to answer any questions you may have.
We are so blessed to live in a Valley where we can grow our crops so abundantly. We also have many recourses available to help us out when needed! Can’t wait to see what all of you start growing this year!