Monday, 15 March 2021
It’s “start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost” week!
I’m surrounded by piles of seed packets; one pile requires cold stratification; another pile is recommended to be started indoors, while another is direct sow. My first step is sorting indoor and direct planting. Then I need to break down those piles into: 8-10 weeks, 6-8 weeks and 3-4 weeks; cold stratification, warm soil, etc. And then I can start planting.
I was going to try a few winter plantings but I waited too long and now the temperature is going up to well above 0°C for the week. It would have been an interesting experiment, although it might still be neat to give it a try and see what happens.
Last year’s vegetable garden turned out so well that I’m expanding it somewhat this year and I’m going to give the Three Sisters planting method a try with my corn, beans and pumpkins. I kind of did it last year without knowing it was a thing… I noticed my beans climbing all over the corn and thought it was kind of cool and, although I didn’t have pumpkins, the cucumber thrived beside the corn. It was while I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for garden layout ideas that I came across the three sisters method.
I’m also expanding my herb garden. Last year I had great success with my herbal tea garden so this year I’m adding new herbs for teas and I will add a medicinal herb section as well.
Once I get my seeds sorted and started I’ll start sketching out my garden. It really is the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you like gardening!