Spring Garden - When to Plant? | TigerDroppings.com

Posted byMessage
CowboyPride
Oklahoma State Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2012
136 posts

Spring Garden - When to Plant?


I don't have a green thumb, but would like to grow some vegetables this Spring.

I assume it depends somewhat on the type of vegatable?

Also when should I start? Dont want to miss the season or be late.

Thanks in advance.







Back to top
Share:
Salmon
USA Fan
On the trails
Member since Feb 2008
27533 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


LA Planting Guide





Back to top
CowboyPride
Oklahoma State Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2012
136 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


quote:

LA Planting Guide


Perfect. Have you had success (or failures) with any particular type of vegetable?






Back to top
RaginCajunz
LA-Lafayette Fan
Gonzales
Member since Mar 2009
1425 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


I highly recommend this book:

Month to Month Gardening in Louisiana

Written by Dan Gill It covers vegetable gardens, but also covers lawn/trees/shrubs/etc. There's a newer revised edition that is basically the same contents.

The LSU ag center page helps a lot as well. We grow tons of peppers, a few tomatoes (I don't eat them raw but wife loves them), and yardlong beans. With peppers, I have better yields with non-bell pepper types. Corno di Toro peppers are my bread and butter sweet pepper. I know other folks who grow and have great luck with blocky bells. Could be my particular microclimate or soil..who knows. Trial and error. Plant a good variety and keep notes because you won't remember next year. Dates, varieties, how well they produce...just jot it down. You'll be grateful you did next year.

Another tip, trust that book and the LSU Ag site. Our summers are brutally hot with little cool in the evenings. Big box stores will try to sell you all manner of plants we cannot grow in our summers. The good news is, we can grow almost everything in this state. It just has to be planted at the right time. That time is somewhat out of whack with much of the country.






Back to top
Capt ST
LSU Fan
Middle of the Mall
Member since Aug 2011
6299 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


Ragin, I was about to post looking for the pepper type I'm guessing you posted pics of last year. You're starting from seed correct? Where are you getting your seeds? Need to do something different bell pepper wise, just wasting garden space.





Back to top
RaginCajunz
LA-Lafayette Fan
Gonzales
Member since Mar 2009
1425 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


quote:

Ragin, I was about to post looking for the pepper type I'm guessing you posted pics of last year. You're starting from seed correct? Where are you getting your seeds? Need to do something different bell pepper wise, just wasting garden space.


I usually try a handful of new things each year. I've had good luck with this site's products:
Trade Wind Fruit Co

I also grow a burpee variety called Costa Rican Sweet


Top left: Costa Rican Sweet
Bottom Left: Yellow Corno Di Toro
Bottom Right: Red Corno Di Toro







Back to top
  Replies (0)
Kajungee
LSU Fan
South ,Section 6 Row N
Member since Mar 2004
15454 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


quote:

Need to do something different bell pepper wise, just wasting garden space.


Starting Bell peppers from seed is tough..I recommend transplants from a nursery.

Some veggies are easy as hell from seed, others not so much.. Bell peppers is one of them






Back to top
Capt ST
LSU Fan
Middle of the Mall
Member since Aug 2011
6299 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


Not having a problem with growing them, it's the lack of production that's killing me. And I have japs in garden I planted in the spring and I'm still picking off the plants.





Back to top
RaginCajunz
LA-Lafayette Fan
Gonzales
Member since Mar 2009
1425 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


I was picking corno's off up until Christmas. (same for ghost peppers and my Petenero peppers) I probably would have had more, but the garden kind of went pear shaped around September/October with the new baby prep and arrival.

We grow everything from seed. I need to check my journal, but it's nearing the time I start my peppers. We moisten paper towels and sprinkle seeds on it. Roll them up/fold them over and put each variety in it's own zip-lock (left partially open) on top of the refrigerator. Once they sprout, I transfer them to 16oz Styrofoam cups labeled with a name and a few holes punched in the bottom. We keep a knock-down shelf and a set of fluorescent shop lights on chains and a timer. By the time I transplant into the garden, they are at least a foot tall and ready to start kickin' ass.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
Zach
LSU Fan
Member since May 2005
63466 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


You can start in pots in early March. If a cold snap hits just take the pots into the garage. Then in April you can put them in the ground.





Back to top
CHEDBALLZ
New Orleans Saints Fan
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
3771 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


Remember this.........Don't break the ground during Lent. Follow that and you should be fine. If your soil is dry you can get some potato's and onion in right now!





Back to top
Capt ST
LSU Fan
Middle of the Mall
Member since Aug 2011
6299 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


quote:

Don't break the ground during Lent.


Good rule to follow. The way this weather has been, it may be snowing in April this year.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
tenfoe
Member since Jun 2011
2839 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


I always plant my tomatoes the second week of February. They are small enough through the second week of March or so that they can be covered with a grocery bag if a freeze/frost hits. If they get too big before a frost I put a sprinkler on them about an hour before daylight to keep the frost off.

I usually only plant about half of mine that early. The rest I put in the ground around the beginning of March to stagger when they come in. For the past couple years I've had between 50 and 60 plants, thinking about cutting back this year.






Back to top
  Replies (0)
hungryone
LSU Fan
river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
1767 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


If you live closer to the coast in zone 9 or 9B, then waiting until Lent is over will put you behind the curve on tomatoes. It's okay to wait on peppers, eggplant, and okra, but tomatoes need to be in the ground early--they will stop setting new fruit once nighttime lows remain above 70 degrees. This usually happens in mid-May, so the bulk of your tomato crop needs to be set by then.

(Unless you are planting heat-tolerant varieties.)






Back to top
  Replies (0)
brmach
LSU Fan
East Trenton, LA
Member since Aug 2012
395 posts

re: Spring Garden - When to Plant?


quote:

Remember this.........Don't break the ground during Lent.


Old timers back home used to always try to plant on Good Friday.

But, then, I planted some peppers in late February last year and had my best crop ever. It all depends on the weather.






Back to top
  Replies (0)


Back to top