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Spartanburg Gardeners prepare for Planting

There are 214 growing days in Spartanburg, so right now is a good time to start your seeds indoors, for a summer harvest.

In our growing zone (7), we can put our seedlings into the ground by about the first week of April, if all signs of frost have past. Get the soil well aerated, and mix up any mushroom compost or other nutrients to get your garden ready for the season.

For growing peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants, start these indoors by the end of February. Then, around March 31, you should start watching the weather forecast and go ahead and transplant those seedlings into the ground, if we are finished with frosty nights.

You can plant onion starts and potatoes right in the ground around February 4. Sow the seeds of peas (sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around February 22, assuming the ground can be worked, but it’s better to start them indoors around January 25 and then transplant them into the garden around March 15. Do the same with lettuce and spinach. If you do start them early indoors, you will be guaranteed healthy seedlings by the time they are ready to go outside.

For all the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around April 4, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature.

For your Fall crops: most tomatoes, peppers and eggplants require around 100 days to harvest, therefore you’d want to transplant those small plants into the ground around July 27.

Fall is the time to plant garlic. Around September 20, take your kitchen garlic cloves apart and plant the toes about 3 to 4 inches deep. It is an easy crop to grow, and will provide you with ample garlic for all your wonderful autumn recipes.

Make sure you drink plenty of water, and keep a hat on…gardening is work, and it’s easy to get dehydrated.

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