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Generate a custom planting calendar with this site

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Planning a full-fledged garden does not happen overnight. Everything from the best ways to prepare the ground to what to plant where take close examination—and perhaps no factor is more critical than determining when.

Whether you’ve just started gardening or an intermediate grower looking to take it to the next level, there are ways to plan your planting to ensure optimal growth. You can do a lot of research, do soil tests and stay glued to weather reports…but if you are looking for a less intense approach, the gardening site created by Gilmour an online tool which will handle much of the effort for you and help you plan for success growing season before buying your first seeds.

Why gardening calendars are important

Plants can’t really thrive under the right conditions, and the plants that will do best in your garden will vary depending on the type of soil you have, your climate, and the weather for a given growing season. USDA considered all of these factors and incorporated them in this interactive mapthat helps you identify your “planting area.” The different zones are based on the average temperatures in a data location, and days between first and last frost. Determine the conditions of your planting area will help you determine which plants will naturally flourish in your region, and who might need more help in the form of specialists so II prepare, additional fertilizer, or other special care.

Once you’ve determined your area, it’s time to figure out when to plant. This is where Gilmour’s tool comes in: they have compiled a database of information on various plants to help you create a custom grow calendar—without getting lost in the weeds looking for whatever you want to grow in your garden.

How a Planting Calendar Works

Gilmour’s website first invite you to enter your postal code; I typed an arbitrary zip code in Indiana and learned that it is in zone six, which on Mediumexperiences its last frost April 15 and his first frost on October 15leaving you with about 183 days of growth.

You are then prompted to select the type of plant(s) you wish to grow. Categories are divided into flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables. You can select as many as you wantand you must select at least one to generate the calendar.

What a Planting Calendar Can to tell you

As you select your plants, the site will start generating the planting schedule. Next to each plant you will see dates indicating when to sow (in this case “sowing” means starting the growth process indoors), plant (or transplant) and harvest throughout the corresponding season. For example, in this specific region of Indiana, growers can start planting blueberries from mid-March to mid-June. Depending on when they are plantedthey or they can then be harvested from mid-June to mid-September. Herbs like rosemary shIdeally start to grow inside in January, and would be be ready for harvest in March.

By planning what you will plant and when, you can ensure that your gardening experience is successful.