There are many "rules" of gardening, like plant peas on St Patricks day, or plant Tomatoes and peppers on May 24 long weekend. Still I noticed that some springs and fall weather is very different from averages and man made dates do not take this into account.
I bought a soil thermometer and tried measuring the soil temperature, but for the early part of spring, the soil is too frozen. This clearly means starting indoors early was not possible based on this method. This would otherwise have being ideal see Germination of special crops
This got me to wondering, could one not use a blended model of actual events for this season, and average temperatures for past seasons? What I mean is, every year way before last frost, snowdrops emerge, pussy willows pop, forsythia bloom, and daffodils emerge right? So what if I could map these events to planting? Surely nature knows best what this particular season holds?
|Week||Garden Week||Activity||Observed 2015||Observed 2016||Observed 2017||Observed 2018|
|7||12||Leeks, Onions, Celery Indoors|
|10||9||Peppers, Kale, Broccoli, Brussels, Rosemary Indoors|
|11||8||Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Chard, Parsley, Basil, Beets, indoors||Daylight Savings|
|12||7||indoors Cabbage, Mustard, Spinach, Lettuce, Arugula, Rapini||Snow Mostly melted|
|13||6||Plant peas outdoors, prepare beds||Morning Birds song|
First tips of tulips and daffodils. Hint of white on Pussy willow. Ground mostly Frozen -10+ a few nights. Uppotted cabbage and kale etc
|14||5||Chit Potatoes.||1 Lonely snowdrop, Tulips leaves. lots more birds, still mostly frozen ground|
|15||4||More lettuce indoors||Easter, Surprise snow storm, turns it all white. Grass midway to green. Snowdrops up, ground mostly unfrozen|
|16||3||Plant out kale, broccoli, brussels onions, leaks, mustard, and Rapini, potato, Direct sow fava||Green Grass. couple days in upper teens. Ramps showing, early bulbs flowers. Ground mostly workable except heavy shade. Ducks hunting.|
|17||2||Indoors summer squash, winter squash. cucumber Plant out lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, parsley, parsnip, chard, spinach, celery. Plant carrots, beets, kohlrabi||All but the daffodils and tulips are in flower. Onions showing 4-6 inches growth. Eating chives. Greening willows. 3 nights frost|
|18||1||Direct Sow Lettuce||1 Night frost, grass starting to look like growing, Haskaps got leaves, dafodiles starting to flower. Still no peas? Lovage showing|
|19||0||Direct Sow all|
|20||1||Plant out Tomatoes, eggplant,squash|
|21||2||Plant out peppers and okra|
|27||13||Fall Planting of cabbage, Brussels etc|
|34||6||Fall Planting Rapini|
|42||2||Harvest Winter cabbage|
|43||3||Plant Garlic and shallots|
Did I mention I am a new gardener? Do you really think I can remember exactly when the snow drops emerged?
So Above is my calendar with a place to take notes. I try walk around each weekend and notice something thats, growing, blooming or doing something, record it and tweak my planting per that .