This Week in the Garden
Week of February 13
When the snow is still
blowing against the window-pane
in January and February
and the wild winds are howling without,
what pleasure it is to plan
for summer that is to be.
The summer garden begins now,
even while the garden is covered in snow.
It is 17-18 weeks till the last average spring frost here in my zone 5 garden,
and that means it is time to begin planning for this years garden.
My vegetable garden plan from many years ago.
It is interesting to see how my garden has evolved over the years-
some things have changed greatly, yet many things remain the same.
The seeds catalogs have arrived, and they are a valuable source of information,
as well as an enjoyable read on cold wintery days-
how easy it is to get carried away in dreaming of new and exciting veggies to try!
Your own past years garden journals are also a valuable tool to refer to when planning this years garden.
Even though the garden is covered in snow, and it is way too early to be working out in the garden,
there are still gardening chores you can be doing about now.
Things to do now in the vegetable garden-
You need to know what zone you are gardening in-what your last average spring frost date is,
your number of frost free growing days and the average date of the first fall frost.
I am gardening in zone 5.
Decide what you want from your garden.
Will you be growing just for fresh eating or having enough to can and freeze for a family?
Inventory the seeds that you have saved from last year.
Decide what you want to grow.
Decide what seeds need ordered or bought-send that seed order in soon, if you haven’t already done so.
Order early for the best selection.
Use the different seed catalogs to comparison shop.
If you are inclined, try some new things this year.
Sketch out the envisioned garden plan, taking into consideration
the days to maturity, plant spacing, mature size, and habit.
Plan for successive plantings.
Save the seed catalog, so you can refer back to it when needed.
Set up the seed starting area if you plan to start seeds indoors.
Seeds of lettuce, celery, onions, leeks and early tomatoes
can be started this month under lights.
When the days are nice, you can prune your fruit trees and grape vines.
Pruning should be done when the red knuckles of rhubarb are pushing up
and that is now.
If you are really anxious for green growing things,
you can start some sprouting seeds!
Here is to a happy, successful growing season!
The Lord is my strength and song,
he is become my salvation.