When to Plant Cool Season Vegetables and the Sq Foot Method (SFG)

By Julie Sews - 4:42:00 PM

So I've scheduled myself to begin our garden planning and studying today.  Which is kind of funny because we're in the middle of a huge snow storm today.  So I am watching the snow fall out our picture window in a winter wonderland that looks like a Christmas card, dreaming of our garden.  It feels a little strange and premature, but I know that Spring will be just around the corner and I want to be prepared.  While we will be planning out our whole garden for the entire season, I've decided to start by reminding myself of what are the first crops I can plant and how many we can plant per square foot per the SFG method of gardening, then deciding on what we want to plant from that.  Here's what I have so far...

Cool-season crops and amount per Square Foot (SFG Method) (4-5 weeks before last frost):

  • Cauliflower (1per square)
  • Brussels sprouts, (1 per square)
  • Onions (16 per square)
  • Cabbage (1per square)
  • Lettuces (4per square)
  • Parsley (4per square)
  • Peas (8 per square)
  • Spinach (9 per square)
  • Strawberries (4per square)
  • Broccoli (1per square)
  • Mint (1 per square or in a container due to self seeding)
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Kale (2 per square)
Spring Crops and amount per Square Foot (SFG Method (3 weeks before last frost)

  • Asparagus (1-4 per square)
  • Beets (9-16 per square)
  • Carrots (16 per square)
  • Swiss Chard (4 per square)
  • Potatoes (when soil temp is 45 degrees) (4per square)
  • Radish (16 per square)
  • Rutabaga
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips (6-9 per square)
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