Every year the same risks and rewards need to be evaluated in planning your first few plantings, as the earlier in the season you plant, the more volatile the weather is. My father is wise when it comes to these risks and generally will wait an extra week or so saying: “If I plant today or if I plant in two weeks, the plants will be the same size in a month because the weather is just too cold.”
What to plant is always dependent on the goals of the grower. On Beetlebung Farm we plant for sustenance, beauty and to make a few extra bucks, so our considerations are varied. We make sure our wildflower fields are clear and healthy, our kitchen garden is well-fertilized and slowly begin to fill it with peas, garlic and onions first. For me, the last few years have always been different so we work through seed catalogs and weather predictions to plant what is optimal for our needs.