Hi friends!  It's Old Timey Steve (Did somebody say Old Timey!?) here with your 2018 guide to planting your flowers and vegetables.  Planting season in Michigan officially starts in mid-March, but we had some late frosts that pushed it back a little bit.

Michigan technically has 3 different planting zones (Zone 4, 5, and 6), but West Michigan is mostly zones 5 and 6, which gives us a long gardening season with many options for flowers and vegetables.

Good Vegetables To Plant In May

Plant these as seeds outdoors now:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Plant these as seeds indoors and move outdoors as seedlings:

  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Squash

You can find a complete list of the different vegetable planting windows in each climate zone here.

For flowers, now is the perfect time to be planting.  West Michigan is a fantastic place for growing flowers because we have such a wide variety of flowers that do well in this climate.

Find out good flowers for Zone 5 here.

Find out good flowers for Zone 6 here.

United States Department of Agriculture

And if you want even more information about gardening, you should stop by Michigan State University's planting guide.