This is the time of the year that Spring Fever sets in, time to start thinking about my garden. I started to get seed catalogs and chicken books back in January. Now I am feeling like it is time to get my seeds ordered. For some of you it is probably time to start planting your seeds indoors. For me I would have a jungle by the time I plant them outside if I start now. So for now I can order my seeds and dream of spring. Hmmmm!
Order your seeds now
Depending on the weather patterns this year I can usually start to plant my seeds right into the ground around the end of April. Most seeds won’t germinate until the soil warms up to a certain temperature. My ground doesn’t warm up enough because the nights are still cold and we can have a frost until June. So I have to be careful what I plant.
It is safe for me to plant cold hardy plants such as peas, onions, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, brussels sprouts, kale and lettuce to name a few. There are many others but these are some of the vegetables we plant early.
I wait and plant the rest of the garden usually the end of May to the first of June. It the plant is poking thru the ground when we have our final frost I just need to cover them with a sheet or something to keep the frost from forming on it. The wind in the spring can be really hard on the tender little plants also. There are many types of products that can be used to cover your tender little plants. You can even use something as simple as a milk carton with the bottom cut out of it and the lid off of the top. This would be for some of your more tender plants like tomatoes, squash, pumpkins among other vegetables.
Remember we planted our garlic in the fall. I look forward to seeing the garlic, horseradish, asparagus and various herbs come up in the spring. They are cold hardy and unless it gets really cold they seem to pull through just fine.
What to order and where?
I really like to order my seeds from Mountain Valley Seeds. They have a great variety of vegetables and I have had very good luck with the germination rate. There are many varieties of seeds you can order. The first thing I do is look on the back of the package or the instructions on the website. I read through how many days it takes until you can harvest the crop. In our area the less amount of time it takes until harvest the better. We look for around 55 days. We never know if we will have an early frost that would wipe out my entire garden before I have a chance to harvest. For this reason I mainly stick with the colder weather plants or the plants with a short season. I do plant squashes and tomatoes but I cover them anytime we might freeze. My husband says we have 90 days of growing season…..just not consecutively.
Last year I planted Scarlet Nantes & Tendersweet carrots. They were a good variety of long carrots and short carrots. Before you order your carrot seeds look at your topsoil. How deep is it. Do you have a deep topsoil that will be worked up really well or is it a shallow topsoil with a hardpan close to the surface. This will determine if you want to order the long carrots or the carrots that are a little shorter and stubby. Last year we had a bumper crop carrots was a bumper crop. I still have a few bags in storage that are keeping very well.
Plant vegetables your family will eat.
Be sure and order things you and your family will eat and enjoy. If not it is a waste of time and of money. Sometimes we like to plant just a little row of something unusual to see if it will grow or if we will like it. Usually if we don’t like it we can find a neighbor or a family member that does like it. If we can’t find someone to give it to I have a lineup on the fence of goats, alpaca’s and chickens waiting for a hand out.
Growing a garden can save you money and be so healthy for you, not to mention therapeutic. I love to work in the garden. It is very peaceful.
In order for your garden to be a success you have to be willing to put time and effort into it to keep it weeded and watered.
So if you have spring fever, maybe now is the time to order those seeds and start planning your garden. If you can plant seeds indoors it will bring a smile to your face and maybe help you through the next few weeks of cold as you watch your little seeds grow.
I hope you like my blog post. Feel free to share it with others. Happy Planting! 🙂