It might still be winter in many parts of the world, but it’s not too early to start your garden. In fact, there are some plants that won’t reach harvest time before the first frost if you don’t start them right now. You can find easy sectioned dividers at garden and home stores that allow you to start your plants, then transfer them to the ground outside when spring rolls around. Get these started today and you’ll have good eating coming your way in the fall.
You can totally get your flowers going right now. Experts suggest planting perennial and annual seeds in tiny greenhouses. You can then move them outside, making sure to keep them covered. Even if it snows, your plants will make it. When spring comes, you can open the greenhouses and you should see lots of little plants already started. Once the frost danger is over, you can transplant the little guys into the ground and you’ll be the first house on the block with blooms in the yard.
2 Brussels Sprouts
Because Brussels sprouts have such a long time between germination and harvest, now is the time to get them going. I tried to start mine in the spring and they weren’t even close to ready before fall came and it was time to dismantle the garden for the year. Start your seeds indoors several months before spring planting and you should have a whole mess of sprouts to enjoy come fall.
3 Leafy Greens
Things like spinach and kale regenerate themselves, so the sooner you get them going, the more you can count on having throughout the entire summer. Both plants are pretty hardy, but you need to keep them indoors and fairly warm until the danger of frost has passed. There’s nothing like a salad fresh from the garden, so I totally recommend getting your leafy greens going as soon as possible.
Like Brussels sprouts, peas need a bit longer than some zones can offer to go from seed to peapod. Luckily, the plants don’t start to vine until they are pretty mature so you can start them inside now and they should be ready to transplant with a trellis when spring gets here. You will love the flavor of tender, fresh peas so you won’t be sorry if you start them right now.
Sadly, my few attempts at carrots were itty bitty things. They tasted good, but the reason they stayed so small is because I waited too long to start them. Plant your carrot seeds in a cardboard egg carton and when it’s time you can stick the entire thing in the ground and the carton will dissolve as the carrots get bigger.
I love eating fresh tomatoes, warm off the vine. If you want to enjoy them before late summer, now is the time to start the plants. Tomatoes do really well in containers so plant them where you want them to stay and then you can simply move the pots outdoors when the weather warms up in the spring.
Herbs do wonderfully indoors so starting yours now just makes sense. From parsley to oregano to basil to dill to cilantro, now is the time to get them growing. In the summer you can move them into your garden so they have room to grow. Perfect!