It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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!

Dukes enjoying the sunset tonight. ©WQuinn 2021