Monday, February 28, 2011

Seed Starting

In this photo my DH placed the seeds on a wet paper towel and set them in a warm place to sprout.

Time to check the backs of your seed packages for seed starting time. Read the instructions on the back of each seed packet so will be able to transplant a strong healthy plant in the garden this spring.

Check my previous post on seed germination for helpful information for giving your seeds a good start. There are so many containers to use and methods of transplanting.

video by Peaceful Valley is interesting, but definitely not the only way to start seeds. Watch it and you may find some interesting tips and of course feed your urge to get out the seeds and go...LOL..Be patient, you Northerners. You don't want to get too anxious and have the seeds indoors growing too large to transplant this spring. Yep, we've been there and done that!! Have fun!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Online Vegetable Garden Planner

Skippy's Vegetable Garden blog has a lot of helpful information on vegetable gardening in Massachusetts. One of her tools is an Online Vegetable Planner. Just put in the date of your last spring frost, and the calendar figures out when to sew your seeds and direct plant them in the ground. This is a great guide for planning a fantastic garden this year.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Get Ready for Spring

Can you get ready for spring now? Yes! I know you are antsy to get the spring weather here so you can get in the garden and dig. To help you take the edge off that frustration with the weather, here is a list of things you can do now to get ready for spring. Hope this helps!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dare We Think About Spring?

I know you folks in the North country are not seeing signs of spring buried under all the snow...What a tough winter. (Of course my son-in-law loves it since he picks up extra cash with his snow plowing service.)

In Florida we have had a ton of rain, but the yards are beginning to green up....the weeds are loving it. We still are not reaching the normal average high temps, but low 60's are acceptable. Still cool nights in the 30' and 40's.

My DH started white, red and yellow onions. He planted them in the garden and will dig them up to take north with us for our Michigan garden. He also started green, red, purple, yellow and chocolate pepper plants in packs. (If only we could grow chocolate in our garden!!)

Although the weather may not look like spring will come, it will! Have you been looking at seed catalogues and drawing out your new and improved garden for the winter?? Time to plan and dream.