NOTow it’s May, If you haven’t started your garden for the summer yet – or you’re ready to move the seedlings you started indoors – it’s time to step up a gear.
When it comes to planning your garden, think about what you like to eat, says Romondo Woods II, garden development coordinator at the nonprofit Keep Growing Detroit.
“That’s the real motivation behind your commitment to grow. All the vegetables you can eat, think about the cost you can save by growing them, and then start there,” says Woods.
It’s time to plant vegetables like radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, kale, chard, scallions and onions right now.
A good rule of thumb is to start planting around late April/early May, but this is Michigan, after all. The weather can be your best friend, if you know how to use it. “The weather here in Michigan is really fiery,” Woods says of temperatures that can fluctuate wildly in early spring. If you started the seeds indoors, wait until low temperatures are consistently between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit to move them outdoors, he says.
And don’t take them all out at once. “Hardening down” – when seedlings are brought indoors out in increments – will ensure your transplants are successful.
One way to mitigate potential plant losses is to plant sequentially or at intervals. “If you plant half your plants, then [there’s frost] a week later, you still have your half.
This story is from the May 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more stories in our digital edition.