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Gardening Checklist For The Year

Let’s face it – there’s a lot to do in the garden. Whether it’s cutting back plants in the fall, starting vegetable seeds indoors in the winter, or deadheading in the summer, it can be hard to remember what to do when. We’re here to help with a monthly gardening checklist that can keep you organized throughout the year.

January

  • Review your garden notes from last season. Read our blog for tips on taking good garden notes.
  • Browse through your favorite gardening websites, seed catalogs and Pinterest, taking note of varieties you want to plant in the spring.
  • Start reserving your favorite varieties for spring. We’ll ship when it’s time to plant.

February

March

  • Prepare your garden for spring planting by cutting back, pruning, removing debris from the garden and adding compost. Learn more about spring preparation in our blog.
  • Plant Onions and Asparagus outdoors.
  • Do a soil test and purchase organic fertilizer to amend your soil if necessary.
  • Order mulch or compost if needed to add to your garden beds.
  • Identify spots in the garden that could use more color. Order Spring-Planted Bulbs if you haven’t already.
  • If you’re in a warmer climate, March is the perfect time to start planting!

April

  • Prepare your garden for spring planting by cutting back, pruning, removing debris from the garden and adding compost. Learn more about spring preparation in our blog.
  • Add compost to your garden beds and prep any new beds for planting.
  • Pick Peas, Lettuce and Rhubarb if you have them growing in the garden.
  • Plant Asparagus if you haven’t already.
  • In warmer climates, add Perennials and Bulbs to the garden in April.
  • If your chance of frost has passed, plant Wildflower seed. Learn how to plant Wildflowers in our article.

May

  • In most areas of the country, May is a great time to plant vegetable seedlings, Perennial plugs, Wildflower seed, Bulbs and more.
  • Pick Peas and lettuce. Also, pick Rhubarb for the last time in your garden.
  • Fertilize perennial beds with an organic fertilizer.

June

  • Pick green beans. Enjoy a tasty green bean salad from the fruits of your labor!
  • If you have any bare spots in your garden or meadow, add quick-blooming annual wildflowers for color starting in weeks.

July

  • This is the peak season for perennial blooms, so be sure to get out in the garden and cut flowers for bouquets to enjoy your hard work. Learn how to make your cut flowers last longer in our blog.
  • Order Bearded Iris and Fall Flowering Crocus for August planting.

August

  • Plant Fall-Flowering Crocus and Bearded Iris.
  • Harvest vegetables such as Broccoli and Cucumbers.
  • Check your notes from the season and identify areas that could use more color or structure. Order Perennials and Fall-Planted Bulbs to fill in these spots.

September

  • Early in the month, you can still plant Fall-Flowering Crocus and Bearded Iris.
  • If you’re in a colder zone, plant Fall Bulbs.
  • Plant perennials and shrubs for a jump start on next year’s growth.
  • After there have been a few hard frosts in your area, plant Wildflower seed. Learn everything you need to know about planting wildflowers in the fall in our blog.

October

  • Plant Fall Bulbs and Perennials before the ground freezes in your area.
  • Start cutting down your garden and getting prepared for winter. Learn more about fall maintenance in our blog.
  • Cut down wildflowers for the winter season. Learn how to do this while still providing habitat for birds and other wildlife in our blog.

November

  • If you haven’t already, start cutting down your garden and getting prepared for winter. Learn more about fall maintenance in our blog.
  • In warmer zones, there is still time to plant Fall Bulbs for gorgeous spring color.
  • Plant Amaryllis indoors to ensure holiday blooms.
  • Cut down wildflowers for the winter season. Learn how to do this while still providing habitat for birds and other wildlife in our blog.

December

  • In warmer zones, there is still time to plant Fall Bulbs for gorgeous spring color.
  • Plant Amaryllis indoors to ensure holiday blooms.
  • Force Fall Bulbs indoors for early spring blooms. Learn how in our blog.
  • If you haven’t already, start cutting down your garden and getting prepared for winter. Learn more about fall maintenance in our blog.
  • Reflect on your past growing season and make notes in your garden journal. Learn more about keeping track of your garden in our blog.

4 thoughts on “Gardening Checklist For The Year”

  • Margaret Walls

    I just purchased property in southeast georgia. I will be installing a sprinkler system....I don't have anything at all on the grounds. This is the first time putting in a garden from literally nothing.

    Could you please help on how to start this project as far as a few trees, grass, and perennials

    Reply
    • Amanda

      Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for the question. We would recommend using the filters on our perennial, bulb and wildflower pages that can help you filter by hardiness zone, sunlight, soil type, bloom time and more. That is a great way to start planning your garden and if you have more specific questions, please give our garden experts a call at (877)309-7333.

      Happy Gardening,

      Amanda

      Reply
  • Marion Lawson

    Lovely checklist! Just finished with planting onions and continue with some flower bulbs. Definitely recommending this post to my friends. It's quite helpful and a great reminder on different garden activities during the year. Greets!

    Reply
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