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Get Your Edibles Growing Now!

February 20, 2012
Edible Seedling Growing Strong in February

Edible Seedling Growing Strong in February

If you haven’t started already, now’s the time to start your vegetable garden. It is also time to be wrapping up any dormant pruning of your edible trees, shrubs and vines. (Think: blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears & the like.)

Buds are beginning to swell and break open. Seeds – including self-seeded weeds – are beginning to emerge from the soil. Birds are beginning to migrate and nest. And, slowly but surely, days are getting longer. And when we’re really lucky, those days are even feeling slightly warmer than just a few weeks ago.

In my own garden, I began seeds for plants like cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, watercress, fava beans, snap peas, mizuna, beets and chard several weeks ago when we had that sunny run of 60F days. I have an unheated greenhouse where they germinated rapidly. In a few days, I’ll be moving several of these from overcrowded sterile mix containers to individual pots where they can grow on a bit more before moving to the garden.

Greenhouse & Veggie Garden Mid Summer

Greenhouse & Veggie Garden Mid Summer

As in years past, this past weekend, I even seeded a few warm season crops (think tomato) in the greenhouse. If they take off, bully for me. If they don’t, I can try again indoors under lights in a few weeks and still have plenty of time to bring them to fruition later this summer. (I also started carrots, chinese cabbage and some flower seeds this past weekend.)

So, if you’ve got onions to place, seeds to sow, soil to test, berries to prune or weeds to pull, there’s no time like this very moment to get out there and get started. Even if your soil is frozen, sowing seeds now indoors or in a protected outdoor spot, will mean your garden will be well on its way by the time the Spring thaw comes. Find ideas for inexpensive season extenders here.

Thinking¬† you need help planning, designing or installing your garden? Pretty sure you need a lesson in how to prune those fruit trees, shrubs and canes properly so you don’t kill them in the process?

Don’t keep waiting. Get in touch now to get your project scheduled and your education underway. If you wait until Spring to reach out for help, you’ll be waiting much longer to get your garden growing!

2 Comments

  1. Robin says:

    I am starting to harden off the cool crops and hope to have them in the ground by next weekend under a hoop house or cold frame. So exciting. I am trying mustards this year and rutabegga’s for the first time. What kind of tomatoes are you growing this year?

  2. Robin, I’ll do a post on tomatoes a little later in the season. In addition to Peron, Saucy Paste & Golden Nugget, which I always grow, there are a few newbies in the mix as well! (If you want info on the three mentioned here, just use the search tool. I’ve posted loads of info on them over the years.)

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