A great way to start the new year, is to make a plant calendar that lists all of the things that can be grown this year! This is a great project for kids to get involved. Collect your seed catalogs and your Maricopa County Vegetable Calendar and you will be good to go. This is also an inventive way for older children to practice math.

Some items you need to get started:

  • Paper and Pencil
  • Calendar
  • Seed catalogs

The last date of frost is typically in the middle of February. Keep this in mind as you make your calendar. Now for the fun part! Look through your seed catalogs and list all the plants you want to grow.  Be sure to look for items that you know will grow in our area. Read about cold tolerance to determine when to plant it. We are in zones 9a to 10b with temperatures that can go as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now, mark planting dates on your calendar with the item you want to plant. Little stickers or drawings of the vegetables are a fun way to add some art to the project and can be added to the calendar date. Items like tomatoes and peppers can be started inside during January and February to be planted outside after the danger of frost has passed. Once you figure out what to plant, determine how many days it will take to harvest based on what the description has said. Write the harvest date on the calendar. Continue the process until you have all of the dates on the calendar. Make sure to plan successive plantings so you can harvest vegetables and fruit all year long!