What to do in the zone 3 garden this week[end]

I’m a bit slow on the uptake here, sorry. I had planned to make a series of these beginning in March. So let’s lead off by saying:

  1. Do everything that should have been done sooner.

All caught up? Awesome.

2. If you started plants indoors, start hardening them off. If you do lunges while you carry them, it counts as exercise.
3. If you still want to start plants indoors, it’s not too late. All the cucurbits (squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumber, zucchini) will be happy for a couple weeks’ head start and won’t get too big before it’s time to plant them out. Start them in plantable pots (peat, newsprint, etc) because they don’t like being transplanted. Basil would be good to start now, too.


4. Plant peas outside. I’ve also begun some cold-weather crops outdoors like arugula, kale, endive, spinach and dill.
5. Clean out beds and start digging in compost and other soil amendments.*
6. If you’re growing potatoes from seed potatoes, move them out of cold storage to room temperature to let them sprout.

*This particular list item can continue well into July, if you’re like me.

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