Vegetable Garden Planner for Confusing Climates

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Clyde Majerus is the head, hands and heart behind Clydes Garden Planner, the indispensible guide for planting vegetable gardens.
Clydes Garden Planner takes the guesswork out of when to plant the spring or fall vegetable garden. The planting dates are based on average frost dates shown on the paper slider or as an app for mobile devices.
Clyde Majerus is the head, hands and heart behind Clydes Garden Planner, the indispensible guide for planting vegetable gardens.Click To Enlarge

Clyde Majerus is the head, hands and heart behind Clyde's Garden Planner, the indispensible guide for planting vegetable gardens.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

When I met Clyde Majerus of Grovesping, Mo., I issued him a challenge. I told him I didn't think he could help me find the best vegetable planting dates in my challenging Zone 5 garden. Around here, spring temperatures can fluctuate from 80 degrees one day to snowing the next.

Clyde accepted my challenge as he showed me how to use his garden planning tool to find the best planting dates for all the crops I cared to plant.

Clyde's Garden Planner is a simple, inexpensive tool, but includes a wealth of information for gardeners all over the country. The chart uses the last average frost date for where you live. When you slide the red line to your area's average last spring (or first fall) frost date, the planting information falls into place.

The planner comes with a table that provides frost dates for cities throughout the continental U.S. and Canada. 

In addition to the planting dates, Clyde's chart gives information on when to start seeds indoors, shows how many seeds and plants of each type fill a 10-foot row, details how deep to plant seeds, and provides the distance between plants. Estimated harvest dates are also included to keep gardeners on track.

When Clyde lined up Denver's last average spring frost on May 5, all the planting dates for crops from onions to pumpkins were clearly displayed. It looks like I can start planting my tomato and pepper plants on May 31.

Clyde's Garden Planner is available in the paper-slider format and also as an app for mobile devices at the Apple Store. A video demonstration of how to use the chart is on Clyde's Vegetable Planting Chart website.


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Comments (4)

AdamCox writes: Really He is Great garden planner
Posted: 2:47 am on October 18th
JessePinkman writes: Good collection
Posted: 10:10 am on August 7th
George78 writes: You look so cheerful and happy. I wish I had a grandpa like you!
Posted: 1:45 pm on May 15th
Isabella77 writes: I love your articles, I will take your advices to heart. Climate nowadays is so weird!
Posted: 11:31 am on May 14th
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