Spring has sprung?according to the calendar, that is. The weather forecast and the frozen soil seem to put the lie to the notion that we’ve entered a balmier season. Is your itch to start gardening getting out of hand? Despite the outdoor temperatures, It’s not too early to start planning and planting your garden! This week’s links show you how.
One of the best ways to get a head start on the gardening season is to begin your seedlings indoors, waiting until warmer temperatures to plant them outside. This informative Organic Gardening piece guides you step-by-step through selecting seeds, planting and cultivating the seedlings, and transplanting them to your outdoor garden.
Depending on the plant’s hardiness, you probably want to wait until the danger of frost has passed before transplanting your seedlings to the outdoors. These tables, from Environment Canada via The Old Farmer’s Almanac, are in need of an update from EC, but they’ll put you on the right track.
don’t want to wait until summer to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your gardening labour? Sprouting can be done on your kitchen counter even during the coldest months. Bonus: It’s super-healthy! This Voice article describes the benefits of sprouting and explains how to get started.