A little cold weather won’t bother these toughies! To get jump start on your fruit and vegetable garden move young or indoor grown seedlings of Rhubarb, Blackberry, Asparagus, and Strawberry plants outside in March. These plants can thrive outdoors in the fickle temperatures of early Spring, and be ready for harvest quickly.
- Rhubarb grown in colder climates will be harvest ready in April or May, or in the Fall if planted later. When grown in the southern areas of the USA or in the Southern Hemisphere it can be grown year round for pies and jellies.
- Blackberries, and Strawberries will be harvest ready in the June through October window with regular picking. As with most berries, picking off a few fruits or flower buds before maturation will reduce the competition between the ovaries, and provide you with fewer, but much larger fruit.
- Asparagus doesn’t take up much room during the planting and harvesting stage, but from mid to late summer when it needs to be allowed to fill out and produce berries, it can be a total garden hog! Make sure to plant this delicious beast somewhere where its loose fern shape won’t offend your garden scheme, or impede pathways. Garden centers advise that a three year old plant is the most reliable producer, so don’t plan on instant gratification with this favorite gourmet veggie. For long term success, it’s best to leave the plant alone for a few years to allow it to really take to root in your veggie patch.