With it being so warm and sunny lately, my mind starts wondering towards my garden.
I was thumbing through my mail earlier this week and to my great pleasure, my garden catalog appears in my mailbox! Every year I get my yearly gardening reminder in January that spring is just around the corner and to get those green thumbs ready to go! And of course, with how nice it’s been, I immediately ran out to my garden to see what goes where and thinking, “When can I plant something?”
In most parts of the country, it’s still winter in every sense of the word. Just ask our friends on the East Coast who are digging out of 2-3 feet of snow. But here in our little corner of heaven, we have enjoyed a very tempered Winter with some recent record breaking warmth. So, why not get my gardening gear ready?
January is a great time to start planning which vegetable varieties I’ll be growing in my garden this year. This is also the time of the year I start some of my more hardy flower varieties. And since it has been so warm, I may be able to plant certain vegetables although I know they must be ready for any frost.
What Kind of Veggies Do I Plant This Time of the Year?
Mainly I stick with Tomatoes and Peppers to start
I try and get a head start on the growing season by starting my seeds indoors. Most tomatoes and peppers will take 45 to 60 days before I dare put them in the ground but again, I might be a bit early this year…who knows!
Onions are my favorites
Last January I started my onion seeds indoors since it was so warm last year as well. The trick I was taught was to let the onions grow to 5-6 inches tall and then cut the tops down to about 3 inches and simply repeat until you put those babies in the ground. This is a great way to make sure the roots are good and strong. Heck, last year we had some real tasty Walla Walla’s!
This is also a good time to get your crop of salad mix greens ready. I usually go for a variety that enjoy getting that Northwest sunshine while it’s not too hot!
What About Flowers?
Annual and Perennial Flowers are just about ready
Now is the time I get my flowers germinating and ready for spring! Of course since this is a real estate blog and I am a real estate broker, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how nice that home will look in the Spring when it goes on the market with all those beautiful Zinnas and Marigolds adorning the walkway. And yes I know I need to wait until after last frost before I go crazy but I just can’t help thinking about those sweet smelling flowers popping out of the ground a little earlier this year!
Get your garden planning started. February, as I mentioned, is a super time to start your tomatoes and peppers. Soon I will start picking just the right spot in my garden for all the vegetables I plan growing.
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