What Can You Plant in Utah?
There’s something particularly amazing about eating
something fresh from your garden, whether it is an
heirloom tomato, a cob of fresh corn, or even a sweet
purple beet. But deciding what vegetables you want to
grow in your garden is sometimes more complicated
than simply choosing what you like.
There are many environmental factors (among others)
that can effect what you can grow in a particular area,
and in Utah there are many factors that affect the kinds of plants that can be grown. The varied climate
and landscape of Utah provides a unique environment for gardeners state wide.
Understand the Environment
Choosing what to grow when you live in Utah comes down to understanding the environment and the
kinds of plants that are best suited for this particular environment. Understanding the particulars of this
kind of environment is key to having a successful garden every season.
First things first, different plants for different seasons. When you are
starting your garden, you should take into account that different
plants are more appropriate for different seasons. Planting the right
plants for each season will not only guarantee you the most
productive season but it will also lengthen production and harvest.
In the spring season, you want to spend time planting things that will
be able to withstand colder weather but when the soil is warm enough
to work with. This time generally falls between mid-March and mid-
The kinds of vegetables you want to plant during this season include
but aren’t limited to peas, beets, lettuce and onions. These kinds of
plants are best suited for this season because they are resilient and
will stand up to changes in weather and cold temperatures. By planting during this season you will be
able to ensure that you have vegetables throughout the summer.
What to Grow in Different Seasons
The summer season however, begins after your first frost free date, in Utah, this date often is in late
May or early June. This season is good because it allows for plenty of sun and warm weather for your
summer plants to flourish in.
Make sure that you till the ground carefully and edge your garden for maximum growth and make sure
that the small engines of these tools are kept in excellent repair. Plants that are most suited for this
season include tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and melons. By planting these vegetables in the
appropriate season you will be able to make the most of your planting season.
When it comes to the fall season you can plant the same types of vegetables as the spring season and
sometimes you even produce better yields. With these three seasons and the right vegetables in mind,
you can make the most of your garden and have a productive and delicious year.
Keep your garden full of life for the next few seasons and you will see the huge benefits it can have for
the taste and health of your produce. Gardening can be a huge benefit to every life, so start today and
get to work on the garden you have in store.
Photo Credit: Dale Calder, Justin Leonard