Spring starts at the end of the week, you know what that means? It is time to start planting all your fresh fruits and veggies. The great people at Johnson Brothers Green house has put together a planting calendar so you know when the best time to plant all your seeds are! 

What to Plant in March

By the time March appears, you should have begun seed starting in full force. The best home garden tips indicate that even warm loving plants should be started by March.

If your frost date is mid-May, things like tomato and pepper seedlings should be planted at the first of this month, giving them a full six weeks to grow strong enough for transplanting.  Transplant to larger containers if they have already been planted and are getting big.

March is also the ideal month to plant out the cold loving crops.  You should be able to direct seed the following plants towards the end of the month:

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radishes

Some of your most sturdy seedlings are also ready to plant in your garden area. These include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cabbage

What to Plant in April

Now is the perfect time for treesshrubs and perennials, especially since we are not in the busy season yet. Selections are the best right now. Before you plant any veggies or bedding plants, broadcast a 5-10-10 fertilizer. This will keep them fed quite a ways into the season. Make sure to follow all the labels.

Delicious edibles to plant right now are:

  •  Peas
  •  Spinach
  •  Lettuce
  •  Broccoli
  •  Cauliflower
  •  Cabbage
  •  Onion

What to Plant in May

Remember, before you plant any veggies or bedding plants, broadcast a 5-10-10 or similar concentration fertilizer. At the recommended rate, this will take care of your plant needs for the beginning growing season. Some crops will need additional fertilizer later on. Make sure to follow all the labels.

As mentioned in April, avoid re-using the soil in your container garden. Instead, throw it into a garden area, place 2-3 inches of compost or other soil amendment and then till it in.

Edibles to plant by seed or transplant

  • Snap beans and Lima beans
  • Eggplant (too late for seed, purchase transplants)
  • Pickling cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Peppers (too late for seed, purchase transplants)
  • Tomatoes (too late for seed, purchase transplants)
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, zucchini

Just about any edible plant right now can go in the ground.  So make your list and head out to Johnson Brothers where you will find one of the largest varieties and selections of fresh, locally grown vegetable starts in Eugene-Springfield.


If you ever need help with any sort of gardening, Eugene has some of the best nurseries and garden stores around, here are a few that are really great! 

Johnson Brothers Nursery | 91444 Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR 97408

Grays Garden | 737 W 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 

Down to Earth | 532 Olive St., Eugene, OR 97401

Backyard Farmer | 501 Washington St, Eugene, OR 97401