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Let’s Garden! Printable Garden Planting Guide Zone 5

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It’s finally spring in Eastern Iowa and the garden tasks are piling up already! Today, I’m sharing a list of what you need to be planing in your garden this month as well as a printable Garden Planting Guide for the whole season!! This printable is a great way to start a garden notebook so you can keep better track of your successes and failures in the garden.

Planting Guide

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Welcome back to Tuesdays in the Garden! Today, we’re talking more about spring gardens – how to create beautiful flowering planters, as well as tips and garden growing tasks. For links to all the great gardening tips, read to the bottom of the post.

Printable Garden Planting Guide – Zone 5

Zone 5 encompasses most of Iowa, Nebraska, and parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado and more. It’s very important that you know your garden zone so you’re planting at the right time. If you don’t know your garden zone, make sure you find out here. Zone 5 has an average last frost date of May 15 and an average first frost date of October 15. These dates do vary from year to year and you have to pay close attention to the weather in the spring and fall if you want your garden to thrive, but make sure you know what the dates are supposed to be!

daffodils in Eastern Iowa

What’s going on in my garden

Spring has finally spring in my neck of the woods. My garlic is up and lovely, the first sprigs of asparagus are peeking through the ground, and my daffodils finally bloomed JUST YESTERDAY, even though the daffodils in town have bloomed and are done already. If you’ve heard the phrase windy prairie and wonder what the heck that means, just come on over for a visit. It’s so windy out here – it makes it much cooler than it is town.

simplifylivelove garden - early april

My garden looks like I’m growing straw this year instead of crops. I was lucky to get a huge load of free straw from my in-laws who tore down an old barn at their farm. I used it to mulch the rows of my garlic and also to mulch the whole potato patch.

I’m transitioning a large portion of my garden to raised beds this year {and they aren’t done yet…}, so I haven’t planted much yet. But the garlic I planted in the fall is up and we planted potatoes over the weekend because they aren’t going in the raised beds.

ducklings helping to plant the potatoes

There are a lot of crops you should be planting in your garden in April in Zone 5, but all I have planted so far are potatoes. With the help of pecking ducks and griping children, we planted 150 seed potatoes pieces over the weekend. I love growing potatoes using the No-Dig Method because it’s not hard. It requires only a shallow furrow and lots of mulch. I’ve been using the No-Dig method for years and it works great. If you’re growing potatoes this year, make sure you prepare your seed potatoes for planting first following these directions.

Let's Garden! Printable Garden Planting Guide Zone 5

In zone 5, you should plant these cool weather crops in April 

Cool weather plants that you should be planting now can tolerate a light frost, but warm weather plants cannot. Make sure you hold off on tomatoes and cucumbers for now.

  • Beets, from seed
  • Broccoli, seedlings
  • Cabbage, seedlings
  • Carrots, from seed
  • Cauliflower, seedlings
  • Chard, from seed
  • Kale, from seed
  • Lettuce, from seed
  • Onions, sets
  • Peas, from seed
  • Potatoes, from seed potatoes
  • Radish, from seed
  • Spinach, from seed
  • Turnips, from seed

To help you know when to plant your garden, I created a free printable for you to use. It includes spots so you can keep track of when you plant what, how many days to harvest, and when you should begin harvesting. It also lets you know what you should consider planting in succession, and how long to space out your plantings.It’s geared for Zone 5, but the planting order will work for any zone. Every garden zone starts out planting cool weather crops first, they just do so earlier {or later} in the year.

To download your copy of the Garden Planting Guide, click the link!

Start your garden notebook with this handy garden planting guide. Use it to know when to plant what, keep track of when you planted, when you should harvest, and what seed varieties you planted.

I’d love feedback on the garden planting guide, so please let me know what you think after you download and use it!!”

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Tuesdays in the Garden

For more great gardening tips, check out these helpful posts from my gardening friends! From spring flowering baskets, to more helpful garden tips, we’ve got you covered!

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From [email protected]Succession Planting Tips

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Jami @An Oregon Cottage – Organic Garden Checklist

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Diane @Homemade Food Junkie – 5 Tips for Pollinator Success

Hearth & Vine

From [email protected] & Vine –  5 Tips for Beautiful Hanging Flower Planters

Angie the Freckled Rose

From [email protected]5 Tips for Creating Beautiful Window Boxes

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankShelly says

    Thanks for the great printable Michelle. I haven’t gotten any thing planted in our garden yet but I did get my seeds started indoors. I’m hoping to be able to plant in the garden this weekend.

  2. blankPatti says

    Hi Michelle your printable looks like a super handy guide and one that I’m sure so many will be thrilled to have. In the spring, I know I get over zealous and somethings overwhelmed with everything I want to do. Have a guide will certainly help keep us all on track. Since I’m in zone 6 your tips are pretty much right on track.

  3. blankDiane Williams says

    Awesome Printable Michelle! It looks like the dates are fairly close to even our zone 8a crop calendar. So I’m downloading it. I love the planting list because there are so many crops we forget about when we don’t have them written down.
    I can’t WAIT to see your raised beds. I’m pretty sure you will love gardening in them šŸ™‚ What a perfect year for a big project like that. This spring is so slow we only have peas up so far. Everything else is shivering out there and not growing much. We are at least a month behind this year.

  4. blankBren Haas says

    I love the little critters eating the bugs in your garden! I’m going to check out your planner and add it to my gardening notebook… thank you for providing that in your post today.

  5. blankAngie Rose says

    Printables like this always make gardening so much easier for me! Your daffodils are beautiful by the way. Mine are almost ready to bloom. Iā€™m so impatient! Happy to hear your garlic is doing well. Free straw? Jackpot! Love those cute duckies šŸ™‚ I love growing potatoes and nothing better than making some potato skins with chives and a little bacon and cheese. YUM! I am obsessed with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Actually just did some shopping tonight. Ready to get planting.

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