March Gardening Part 4

Let’s grow some stuff early.

Today I’m going to tell you about a few seeds you can get in the ground early. Yes I know you are going to have another frost. Yes I know that it may very well snow again in your area. Yes I know you have no intentions on watering seedlings in 32 degree weather, but guess what? You won’t have to do any of that. With these plants you can drop your seeds and keep it moving.

1. Spinach

2. Peas

3. Onions

4. Beets

5. Carrots

6. Parsnips

7. Turnips

8. Lettuce/Kale

9. Cabbage

10. Potatoes. Of course I was going to mention potatoes.

So why can you plant these seeds early? All these plants love cold weather. For your cabbage and lettuce they actually taste better if they get hit with a bit of frost. These are your hardy plants.

Let me point out that planting seeds when it’s cold does not mean they will sprout when it’s cold. Your seeds still need some heat to germinate so those cold days are not doing much. What this does is let you free up some time to do other things.

This is the part where I’m supposed to tell you about why this plant grows and why that plant grows. NO! You have Google for that. I plant early because I’m lazy. When the weather hits the 50’s and I’m dying to get in the garden this is the stuff I plant. While others are still flipping soil I’m waiting for stuff to sprout. For me it’s about the head start. I don’t know about you but I do not enjoy planting carrots. Those tiny seeds drive me crazy. With this early method I drop some in the soil and walk away. I have no issue with carrots in March when I have all the time in the world.

Last, I garden using a survival of the fittest method. If stuff makes it through the frost and sprouts, my theory is it’s a survivor. Unicorn Crossing is off to a great start with these little hero’s. So far I have planted peas, spinach, carrots, onions, collards, cabbage, and of course potatoes :).

So when that temp gets above 50 again and you are feeling antsy plant some stuff. We are not going to stress about what’s going to sprout, we are going to be amazed when anything sprouts.

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