Pull-Out Garden Guide 2017

This planting guide reflects some of the changes occurring in the modern garden. With the rise of raised beds, intensive planting, vertical gardening and no-till methods, planting charts of yesteryear are less useful. In this chart you’ll find these improvements:

• Planting dates are geared toward the Salt Lake Valley, not all of Utah (see “Salt Lake City area—first and last frost dates” for even more useful detail).

• Fewer seeds to plant per foot (resulting in less thinning).

• More plants remaining after thinning (more intensive planting, possibly to accommodate vertical strategies).

• The space between rows is less (less unnecessary space to weed,  more space for gardening).

• Based on the assumption that the gardener is using raised  beds.

• Offers interplanting suggestions. Fred Montague says interplanting makes fuller use of garden resources (e.g. shallow-rooted plants with deep; short shade-loving plants with tall sun-loving ones). It also offers some protection and encourages plant yield.

Download the printable planting guide here: 2017 Planting Guide

References and influences:

Fred Montague, Gardening: An Ecological Approach (Mountain Bear Ink)

Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Gardening (Rodale)

Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden:

A Guide to Homescale Permaculture (Chelsea Green)

Louise Riotte, Carrots Love

Tomatoes (Storey)