Well at some point all this snow will go away and perhaps my bulbs will pop through. Here in New England the cold weather seems to have drifted from February right into March. This Morning it was only 8 degrees here in the southwest corner of Massachusetts and Ithink we’re still in for a last gasp of winter with another snow storm before spring really arrives.
Order Seeds/Design the Garden
So, this delay has given me some time to update my check list of what I need to do once I go outdoors like pruning and cleaning up debris across the yard. I have soothed my spring fever by selecting and ordering my seeds, designing and building my new grow light system-with the help of my wonderful husband, and purchased all my supplies needed to plant my early seeds indoors like seed trays, potting soil, markers, etc.
Get Organized – To Do List
I have also made a shopping list of new tools, equipment and supplies that I will need throughout the spring and summer. If you can get to your tools get the chore of cleaning all trowels, rakes, hoes, shovels, etc. cleaned and dried so they won’t rust. That goes for pots, as well. Get the lawn mower serviced if you can so it is ready once the grass starts popping, especially once the fertilizing schedule starts and those April rains arrive.
Seeds to start in March
Although seeds by nature were all meant to be started outdoors many seeds of vegetables and flowers need warm soil to germainate and here in New England we do not have a long enough growing season with warm soil for many plants to be able to grow and mature.
This is the time to get a head start on those warm season tender vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and some eggplants that should be planted 8-10 weeks before average last frost which here in New England is usually May 31st. Flowers like petunias, impatients and snapdragons also need to be sown indoors.
The old rule of thumb is the smaller the seed the earlier you should plant it. The worst mistake most gardeners make is starting seeds too early and learning by trial and error is our best teacher. If you start seeds too early, keep repotting them into bigger pots and they will be little monsters once you put them into the garden. Now so many of the seed companies provide infomation about days to germination, when to sow inside or outside and recommended weeks before average last frost so you know how many weeks ahead to plant.
Once I see any signs of the icy ground melting and the arctic temperatures evaporating I will give you some hints on what chores we can finally accomplish outdoors. I will be ready, will you???
Look for my article about my new Seed Starting System with Growing Lights in the next couple of weeks.