- Succession planting is the technique of planting seeds every few weeks. fI you live on the coast or in the Willamette Valley, you can plant carrots and radishes year round for continuous harvests.
- April is the best month for planting spring crops such as peas and leafy greens.
- Prepare planting areas by adding compost and covering with mulch.
- Plant nasturtium in different areas of the garden to attract aphids away from your veggies. The flowers also support pollinators-and you can eat them!
Show kids how to harvest carrots and peas. Make sure they rinse them under running water before eating.
|Planting Tips||Coastal||Western valleys||High elevations||Columbia/Snake River valleys|
|Start seeds indoors||Eggplants, peppers, tomatoes (early April)||Eggplants, peppers, tomatoes (early April)||Tomatoes, herbs, kale, peppers, eggplant, celery, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli||Tomatoes, herbs,chard, lettuce, kohlrabi, kale, eggplant, celery, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli|
|Start seeds outdoors||Zucchini, green beans, corn, cilantro||Arugula, beets, parsnips, potatoes||Radishes||Spinach, radishes, peas|
|Transplant outdoors||Melons, herbs, tomatoes, celery, pumpkins, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers||Celery, lettuce, kale||Wait until next month!||Nothing yet!|
Where is your garden?
Oregon has four growing regions. Choose vegetable varieties and planting dates suitable to the growing conditions in your area:
- Oregon coast: cool, long season of 190-250 days.
- Western valleys: 150-250 day season; warm days, cool nights; length of season varies year to year.
- High elevations: short growing season of 90-120 days; frost can occur during any month.
- Columbia and Snake River valleys: 120-200-day season; hot days, warm nights; length of season fairly well defined.