Are you thinking about planting a Spring garden with your family? For some plants, we hope you didn’t start your outdoor Spring gardening too early this year! Surprisingly, yesterday brought a new layer of snow to a large part of the Nebraska community. But, it won’t last long! With next week’s temperatures climbing into the 70’s, we’ll be able to plant a majority of our Spring plants. So, when exactly is the best time to start planting in Nebraska and what do you plant in certain months?
The Best Time to Start Your Spring Gardening in Nebraska
Whether you have already started seeds indoors or are buying plants from your local nursery, your best bet to start most of your outdoor Spring gardening in Nebraska is somewhere between mid-March and April. However, this might surprise you considering the amount of snow we just got yesterday! With that said, during March and April be sure to watch your local weather channel for any days and nights that might dip below 40 degrees. Certain plants, such as warm-weather plants, are going to need protection from frost. After May 12th, you shouldn’t have to worry about another frost until the end of September.
What do you plant when?
One vegetable you can start planting outside in mid-March is potatoes. Potatoes are a cool-weather vegetable and when planted weeks before the last frost, they grow better!
Towards the end of April, you can plant many vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, kale, peas, and spinach. These vegetables are cold-hardy vegetables which means they are frost resistant plants and won’t be harmed by a light frost.
Early May you will be able to plant beets, onions, and tomatoes. If a light frost occurs, beets and onions are also cold-hardy vegetables, meaning these are also frost-resistant plants and won’t be harmed by a light frost. However, if you’ve planted your tomatoes they are a warm-season vegetable, so make sure you cover them if frost presents itself.
Finally, in early June you can begin planting beans, squash, corn, and cucumbers. These plants are all warm-season vegetables so planting them too early could come with the risk of damage to your plants.
More information on Nebraska planting times: Nebraska Vegetable Planting Calendar
The Garden at Legacy Private School in Omaha, Nebraska
Each year, towards the end of April-beginning of May, all classes at Legacy School plant a variety of vegetables in the Legacy School garden, located on the 11 acres of land. This gives students the ability to learn how to plant, water, and weed a garden. Then, once Fall arrives, students begin harvesting the vegetables, which are later used throughout the school year in our farm-to-table meal program. Unfortunately, this year, students have not been able to plant as Nebraska schools were required to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic that arose in mid-March. However, to ensure that this year we have a harvest in the Fall, our cafeteria manager, Cookie, is going to help with Spring planting!
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Legacy School sits on 11 acres of land, allowing for expressive, outdoor educational experiences for all students. Our outdoor learning and playing space allows for real world experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. We utilize our unique location, with 11 acres of land for outdoor education and outdoor play, thus giving students a chance to spend more time in an outdoor education setting. New to Legacy School is a barnyard that holds both chickens and goats and a farm to table garden.
We are proud to unveil our new Legacy School Scholarship Program. Students who attend Legacy from 1st-6th grade are eligible for a $500 scholarship towards higher learning. This scholarship can be used for college or trade school upon graduation from high school. With that said, we are very excited to give back to our students as we know each child has the potential to succeed at whatever goal they set for themselves. We can’t wait to help your student celebrate their high school accomplishments and for them to continue onto their higher education journey.