early spring gardening

Early spring and late winter gardening means pining over seed catalogues, dreaming about what to grow in your garden this year and reviewing garden notes from last year and trying to make this year even better!

In February, March and April, depending on how anxious/bold/or promising you’re feeling, you can start your plants from seed inside, to transplant into warmer soil when the time comes. for tomatoes and peppers, for example, time this to be planted in your garden mid-June to avoid that late frost or definite hail storm.

Start plants indoors such as nightshades, flowers and herbs in a well ventilated area with 12/12 hours of sunlight and darkness, in a proper seed starting mix. For best results, do not over water and remove heat mats from seedlings once they have established so that they don’t get leggy. Never pull seedlings to thin them. Always use scissors.

If you haven’t planted your garlic in the fall and mulched over for the winter, you can plant garlic as soon as the soil can be worked.

Direct sow radish, green onions, peas, spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets, chard, onions, parsley, cilantro.