2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 9:26 AM

I’m planting a very small vegetable garden this summer since we will be home alllllll summer to tend to it around Park Ridge. Can I plant directly into my garden beds or do I have to grow the seedlings first? Can I do it now or should I wait a little longer in our area? Any resources you used when you were learning? Thanks!


2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 9:33 AM

Hello please feel freee to pm me! You shouldn’t plant now. Wait until May like right around Mother’s Day. You can buy plants at Lurvey 🙂 (I used to work there) you can get seeds but we have such a short season I recommend the plants. They can go directly in the bed you have 🙂 I would mix up the soil and add some compost which again you can get at Lurvey 🙂 if you have any questions let me know. My mother has planted a garden every summer since I was little

2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 9:56 AM

You can plant lettuce, peas and a few other things now. able since March.

2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 10:23 AM

Beets, carrots, and radishes are also plantable outside now. We really like golden beets. Tomato seeds really need to be planted inside in late February and transplanted to the garden in early May in northern Illinois. Lots of places will be selling tomato plants in a few weeks.

2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 10:28 AM

Depends on plants. “Direct sew” means just start in the beds outside. Seed packets should specify. Some plants, you have the option to do either. For example, if you started a cucumber plant indoors, you could transfer it as a plant and it would be further along in the growing season. But, you can direct so cucumber seeds too. in may. Tomatoes and herbs need to be put in as seedlings, not seeds. Make sense? I am planting my lettuce seeds today!

2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 10:36 AM
2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 11:07 AM

You can grow seedlings inside now if you want to get a head start. When you transfer outside though be careful, the plants won’t be used to the sun and they’ll wilt. Put them outside for a few hours a day at first then bring them back inside so they can get used to it—do this for a week. Then plant permanently outside.

2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 11:09 AM

You can do either way, I prefer doing it in a little egg shell, that way when they start to bloom I know exactly where they’re going when I put them in the ground.

2 years ago on 04/19/2020 at 11:51 PM

Hi Amy. I actually do gardening for a “hobby”/ side job for some families in Park Ridge and and Norwood Park area. I would be glad to help you if you are interested in learning. There are several plants you can “direct” sow right now in our region: kale, lettuce, peas, and root veggies- beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, etc. you can also direct sow herbs outside right now: parsley, oregano, basil, chives and several others. If you want to put some seeds to grow indoors just be aware when you bring those seedlings/ plants outside you need to “harden” them to the elements of outdoors for at Least a week (usually two weeks is the best), so the shock does not kill them. That means keeping them out of direct sun and only outside for 3 to 4 hours for the first week. It is a long process but for me worth it in the end, because I know that my plants will be grown organically. Good luck, let me know if you’re interested in finding out more about what I do for families. 👍🏼❤️🌿

2 years ago on 04/20/2020 at 9:25 AM

Depends on what you're growing. Some things can start outdoors immediately. Salad greens of all kinds, carrots, beets, cilantro, kale, spinach can all be planted directly right now. Things like tomatoes need to start indoors. Mid-May is about when you put them out.

2 years ago on 04/20/2020 at 9:27 AM

Mother Earth News is a good resource for me. Here's a relevant article: . https://www.motherearthnews.com/.../quick-growing