When to Plant a Garden in Washington State?


when to plant a garden in Washington

State Washington has a climate

well-suited to growing lush and prolific

gardens the mountainous terrain and

elevation changes mean times for

planting in one part of the state may be

quite different from those in another

location only a short drive away

planning a successful garden takes a

little research to create a work of a

planting schedule know your zone the

Pacific Northwest is identified as

growing region too by the USDA

Washington state covers growing zones

four to nine and each zone has sub zones

that will shift planting times by days

or even weeks higher elevations of

course have even cooler climates and

shorter growing seasons pay attention to

the USDA recommendations for your zone

found on either the National Arboretum

the Washington State nursery and

landscaping Association or the

University of Washington Extension

Service websites or visit your local

Agricultural Extension Service office

where staff can help you identify the

specific zone in which your garden plot

is found frost dates

region two gardeners face a relatively

late growing season from roughly May

31st to August 31st in Washington lower

altitude and coastal areas may have last

frost as early as April 6th and as late

as early November frost can be a problem

for fruits and vegetables that take

longer to mature check with your local

Extension Service which will have the

late frost records for your specific

location to help you know when to safely

plant in Washington it's a good idea to

plant varieties that mature more quickly


stretching the season some cool weather

plants like English peas can tolerate

being planted as early as March but

warmer weather veggies like tomatoes

peppers corn beans squash cucumbers and

basil have to wait till June when all

danger of Frost has passed cold weather

crops like kale mustard broccoli and

cabbage can handle the frost and grow

well in the ottoman early winter seed

packets will have suggested planting

dates for all the various planting zones

match your USDA Plant Hardiness zone

with the suggested planting time for

that particular seed in that zone

covering your plants where the plastic

close can allow you to get your plants

in the ground a week or two early and

help warm them so they grow better and

set fruit or produce earlier a cloche is

a three mil plastic tent laid over a row

of wickets that cover your rows in

effect a sort of mini greenhouse the

cloche can also extend the harvest by

helping plants survive early light

Frost's moisture

depending on the variety of seed you are

planting you may have to let your

planting wait till the soil dries out

after the rainy part of the spring

Washington gardens are often thoroughly

soaked in February March and April the

wet ground can rot seedlings before they

can become established ruining the crop

a well-drained garden plot helps you get

an early start on spring planting

Farmers Almanac the venerable Farmers

Almanac has published continuously for a

century and is filled with a treasure

trove of gardening and farming

information including planting times and

growing seasons the Almanac records and

updates information about when to plant

from year to year