Let’s start thinking about the garden. It is time to grab the garden tools and the seeds. Cathy Isom tells us about the veggies we can plant now – even in the colder weather. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
If you’re anxious to get that Spring veggie garden going, but wonder if those seeds you want to put down can tolerate the colder temperatures, frost and snow? The best way to find out is by doing your homework on your area’s climate. One way to do so is by visiting the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Many of the most popular crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber and squash can be started indoors now, then transferred to the outdoor garden later once the frost and snow are done for the season.
Other veggies that don’t mind the chilly weather, include Onions, Peas, Carrots and Spinach. And probably the veggies that you should plant first in the spring. They can survive 20-degree weather and do best in well drained and loose soil. Raised garden beds, preferably. Onions will do better when planted as a set, and have a much higher success rate than planting seeds. You should plan to plant carrots and spinach about a month before the last frost. And Broccoli and Kale can be planted indoors about 6 weeks before the final frost before being transferred outside. If you’re thinking about starting an herb garden, Dill and Cilantro will hold up the best and actually prefer the cooler weather. Once the temperatures start to gradually warm up, these will be some fast movers. Mint is also a great herb to start now because it can handle all sorts of conditions. Just give it some grow and a bright window and you’re good to go.
I’m Cathy Isom…