March in the Garden
It's MARCH! The snow has melted away and the glorious green foliage is starting to peek through. Soon, the perennial flowers will bloom around every turn. I love seeing the daffodils and tulips at the store. Spring, for us, means getting the garden prepped and ready for the harvest we hope to have in the summer and early fall months. March is the prime month to start seedlings and make sure that your garden beds are in tip top shape! Last year, we dipped our toes in gardening. A lot of it was trial and error- testing out sowing times and growing methods. I learned a lot and I'm ready to grow my gardening knowledge, pun intended!
to begin, you'll need:
water (in a spray bottle)
seeds of choice
a sunny spot indoors
It's important to place your seedlings in a warm place with lots of sunlight. For seeds to germinate, you need to keep the growing soil damp but not too wet. We will keep ours on this shelf in the sun until the seedlings are big and strong enough to move outside!
When we started looking into gardening, we first checked what zone we are in. I found out that we are in zone 8! Next, I had to determine what approximate date is the date of the last frost for our area. Knowing this can help you plan out when it's best to transplant seedlings outside!
Today, I planted walla walla onions, two kinds of carrots, romaine and butter lettuce, and three kinds of tomatoes including heirloom tomatoes! I used recycled egg cartons for my containers and will transplant these seedlings to a larger containers when needed. As you can see, this chart shows the three stages of gardening: start seeds indoors, plant seed/transplant (outdoors), and harvest.
get your vegetable planting schedule
Lastly, if you are a beginner gardener (like me), I highly encourage you to use the Farmer's Almanac as a guide for planting and harvesting. Also, reach out to friends, neighbors or your local community gardening club for more information about gardening in your area. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself when it comes to gardening. Last year, I tried growing watermelons and pumpkins. I sowed the seeds directly into the ground around mid-June which was way too late in the season. The watermelon sprouted but due to the late start, grew to about 4 inches tall with two leaves and no fruit. I got one very small pumpkin between the four sprouts I got. This year, I will start seedlings much earlier, indoors, and transplant them to their rightful places much earlier in the season. It's all about trial and error, but most importantly GROWTH!
Happy gardening, my friends. May your knowledge grow and your harvest be plenty.
-The Happy Egg