How to Recover from a Late Start to Spring Gardening

Help! It’s the middle of May and I haven’t started my garden yet!


If this is you, trust me it could be worse. You could own a gardening business and be several months behind schedule like me.


I’ve had some health challenges that have hindered my work on Hortiki Plants (hindered my work at my day job, my housework, and more). Fortunately, I am blessed to say I am recovering well and eager to get back to business (literally). I am letting go of past plans, how off my timing is, and wishing I were more ahead.


I encourage you to do the same. If you are right on track for this season, congratulations! Jump to the comments and let us know what you planted and how things are shaping up.


If though, you are not quite where you would like to be, this post is for you!



Use these 5 quick tips to recover from a late start and still maintain a flourishing garden all summer long.


1. Relax, climate change is real. Temps are getting higher and lasting longer. The length of the growing season has increased in almost every state in the US. The final spring frost is occurring earlier, and the first fall frost is arriving later.* Most of the U.S. won’t experience a frost until October and for warmer areas it may be even later. So most of us still have a full 160 days, 43% of the year to garden our hearts out!


2. It's not too late to start from seed. There are many benefits to starting your own plants from seeds and it’s not too late.

  • Grow plants that are free from disease. By starting from seed you don’t risk bringing disease into your garden that may be in the plant matter or in the soil of transplants.

  • Save money. Seeds are less expensive than live plants.

  • Choice/Variety. You can plant exactly what you want and are not limited to the varieties available at your local big box retailer. You can try out unique or heirloom varieties that often have better flavor profiles than the varieties available in-store.

  • Create a continuous supply of produce all season long by planting seeds every few weeks. Starting from seed gives you the flexibility to time your garden to produce what you want when you want it.

  • It’s easy! It takes a little time but starting plants from seed is super simple. Most seeds just need a little water and warm conditions to germinate.


3. Start with a quick win to get motivated. Warmer weather probably has you eager to get active and eat healthy. Start simple with a quick win like microgreens. These easy sprouts are rich in antioxidants. They're great in green smoothies, spring salads and wraps, toasts, grilled dishes and more. You can harvest microgreens in a little as 7-days. Eating fresh from your windowsill will inspire you to keep growing. Check out the