I Can’t Wait For Spring

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As we come to the end of January I have been going through the seed catalogs in anticipation of spring and the melting of snow.  Every year I like to try a couple of new plants in the garden. Doing this I have discovered an awesome zucchini that doesn’t spread called Black Beauty.  It is a bush type plant so it doesn’t take up much room and produces lots of fruit, although I don’t know of any zucchinis that don’t.

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Another variety of vegetable I discovered is the Straight and Narrow green bean.  It’s from the French Filet family of green beans, meaning that the beans will stay tender and narrow for the most part, no matter how big they get. It is such a nice type because you can pick them on your own schedule and don’t have to worry about them getting all tough and stringy.

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One of my favorite seed catalogs is T&T Seeds.  They are a seed and garden accessory company out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  I like them because their plants are suited to the same zone as where I live, they always have lots of pictures of the plants on each page and because they have a special shipping charge of only  $3.00 for ten small packages of any vegetable or flower seed. Here is their website http://www.ttseeds.com/PHP/home.php

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Another good seed company is Lindenburg Seeds Ltd.  This company is set in Brandon Manitoba.  Their seeds are suited towards a cooler Canadian climate and they have very good prices.  Their catalog has no pictures, but if you don’t mind looking the plants up to see what they look like  Lindenburg Seeds Ltd. is a good seed company for you. Their shipping prices are also very reasonable. Any order under $40.00 shipping is $5.95, for orders over $40.00 shipping is free. Here is their website http://www.lindenbergseeds.ca/

 SEED-STARTING PLAN

The Spring Frost-Free Date in My Garden is: May 21
CROP WHEN TO
START INSIDE
WEEKS
FROM SOWING
SAFE TO SET OUT TIME (RELATIVE TO   FROST-FREE DATE) SETTING OUT DATE
Basil Apr 15

6

1 week after May 27
Beets* March 25-Apr 8

4-6

2 weeks before May 6
Broccoli March 25-Apr 8

4-6

2 weeks before May 6
Cabbage March 11-March 25

4-6

4 weeks before April 22
Cauliflower March 25-Apr 8

4-6

2 weeks before May 6
Collards March 11-March 25

4-6

4 weeks before April 22
Corn* Btwn Apr 22 – May 20

2-4

0 to 2 weeks after May 20-June 3
Cucumber Btwn Apr 29-May 13

3-4

1 to 2 weeks after May 27-June 3
Eggplant Btwn March 25-Apr 15

8-10

2 to 3 weeks after June 3-June 10
Kale March 11-March 25

4-6

4 weeks before April 22
Kohlrabi* March 11-March 25

4-6

4 weeks before April 22
Lettuce Btwn March 18-Apr 1

4-5

3 to 4 weeks before Apr 22-Apr 29
Melons May 6-May 13

3-4

2 weeks after June 3
Mustard* March 11-March 25

4-6

4 weeks before April 22
Okra* Btwn Apr 22-May 13

4-6

2 to 4 weeks after June 3-June 10
Onions Feb 25-March 11

6-8

4 weeks before April 22
Parsley Btwn Feb 18- March 4

9-10

2 to 3 weeks before Apr 29-May 6
Peas* Btwn Feb 25-March 18

3-4

6 to 8 weeks before March 25-Apr 8
Peppers Feb 25-Apr 22

6-14

2 weeks after June 3
Pumpkins May 6-May 13

3-4

2 weeks after June 3
Spinach Btwn Feb 25-Apr 1

4-6

3 to 6 weeks before Apr 8-Apr 29
Squash May 6-May 13

3-4

2 weeks after June 3
Swiss chard March 25-Apr 8

4-6

2 weeks before May 6
Tomatoes Btwn Apr 1-Apr 22

6-8

1 to 2 weeks after May 27-June 3
* These crops are usually   direct-seeded outdoors, but they can be started inside.

 

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3 responses »

  1. AAAAAAh Spring!! Thanks for the info and for stimulating thoughts of warmer weather and all the bounty it brings. I am hearing a sign of Spring in our part of Canada. The Cardinals are beginning to sing their loud trills high in the tree tops.

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