Earthkeeping – Orchard Gardens

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Orchard Gardens Update – What to Plant Now

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This just in! Evidence of spring is in the air. Today was a beautiful later winter day with sun and temperatures in the 50’s. The grass is starting to grow and cherries trees are just starting to bloom. It’s still cold and night and many gardeners wonder – what to plant now?

The soil temperature today was 45 degrees. Soil temperature is a good indicator of when it is safe to plant. Soil temperatures are much more stable than air temperatures and the weather in the Pacific Northwest can be gloomy and cold into June. Many plants have a preferred soil temperature.

At 45 degrees it is safe to plant:
Broccoli Rabe
Fava Beans
Radish
Turnip
Dill
Spinach

At 50 degrees there will be many more that we can plant, so stay tuned!

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