After a long, dark winter and a Valentine’s Day snow storm, it is finally time to plan your garden! True vegetable growing die-hards, like me, are already getting our seeds started indoors. For those experienced gardeners and newbies less prepared, it’s time to get planning! My husband loves to quote John Wooden (basketball player/coach) saying,“When you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail”! March is the time to prepare for the growing season!
Edible gardening basics to for 2021
What to Plant When
Seeds vs. Seedlings
The decision between seeds or seedlings depends on the crop. Root vegetables like radishes, carrots and beets don’t like to be disturbed and should be seeded directly into the ground. Consider buying local seeds, as they are best suited to our specific growing environment. Crops that take longer to grow, like broccoli and cabbage, will do better if planted as “starts”. For top success, find seedlings that are green and strong. Seed packages provide a wealth of information about when and how to plant and how long it will take before you are able to harvest.
Small Space – Don’t fret!
The Key to Garden Success
Make a road map for your garden and see where it takes you! If you have never grown food before, make 2021 your year! You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain — Just think about what you like to eat and grab a pack of seeds!