Soon our garden center will be full of spring color, with pansies, perennials and cool season vegetables arriving throughout the month of March.
I know that everyone has spring fever, especially with this bout of warmer weather – perfect for early planting and getting a jump on cool season crops.
Some warmer weather crops can also be started now as indoor seeding projects – tomatoes, peppers and parsley have longer germination times, making now a good time to get them started and ready in time for early summer planting. These varieties respond well to heat, so keep them in a warm and well lit area, and using a germination heating pad will do wonders for tomatoes and peppers.
Several cool season crops – lettuce, parsnips, spinach, kohirabi and chives – can also be started indoors now.
These plants do sprout a bit quicker than the warm season vegetables mentioned above, but can be transplanted outdoors immediately as weather permits. Peas are a great early crop for March, and should be sown directly into the garden, so there isn’t any need to start them indoors.
Prepare your outdoor garden as soon as the weather allows by adding manures, composts and organic fertilizers. Liming the soil is recommended for lawns and gardens in New England. You can do a quick soil test to check the recommended rate for your garden – we carry inexpensive testing kits for this purpose that can be done quickly and easily.
We have all your seeding needs such as seeding soil, Jiffy pots, trays and of course seeds.
Hope to see you soon for all of your spring needs!
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