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Winter has passed and now it’s planting season, right?

Kind of.

We know how hard it is to keep our fingers out of the dirt of our garden, and knowing the right time for the first plant is essential to a healthy, thriving yield, so here are some tips on how to know when to plant your annuals and vegetables:

1. After the Final Frost

This is an important one! Make sure that all chances of frost are gone before planting. The exception to this is if you have a greenhouse or if you start your starters indoors. Planting when there’s still the possibility of frost means running the risk of your baby plants freezing before they’re able to thrive.

If you’ve accidentally planted before the final frost, try covering your seedlings with a plastic bag to keep the area warm through the frosting. It may save your babies!

2. Talk to your gardening neighbors

Your neighbors will know the best times to plant and what tricks to avoid in your particular area and microclimate. We are always around for neighborly discussions if you’re looking for help on when to plant! Feel free to drop us a line and we’ll happily chat about your area and when may be safe for your plantings.

3. Know your area’s hardiness zone

There are different planting times for all over the country – places in warmer climates, with shorter frost times will allow for more lenient planting times. The USDA has an interactive map for Washington state gardeners here! Once you know your area’s hardiness zone, you can then look up the specific details that you’ll need to know in order to ensure a safe planting.

Do you have any additional tips to knowing when to plant or have questions about when to start your garden? Leave us a comment below or send us a note!