Spring 2015 is coming it may not feel like it yet but it is on it’s way and very shortly. If you are an avid gardener I am sure you are aware of this, but many gardeners who are just starting out and would like to grow their own flowers and vegetables from seed will need to start preparing soon.
With Valentines Day just about 3 weeks away I have already seen the lawnmowers creeping into the garden section of some of the home centers stores in our area. I would not be surprised to see some seed racks going up next week.
A lot of people are scratching their heads and wondering why so soon, but people who have been gardening for a while and those just starting to think about a garden inevitably will slow down and linger even for a few moments to take a quick look and think about this years garden.
Starting Seeds For The Spring 2015 Garden
In just about 2 weeks I will be starting seeds for my vegetable garden in order to get my cool
season crops in the ground as soon as possible. I know that is February but none the less there are certain crops I will be growing that need to be started then. Let me break this down for you a bit.
Here Is My Formula
Last Average Frost Date April 22nd
Spring 2015 Cool Season Crops
|Crop||Days To Sow Before Setting Out||Date||Days to Set out before Last Frost Date||Date|
|Broccoli||4 to 6 weeks||February 27th||2 weeks||April 10th|
|Cabbage||4 to 6 weeks||February 13th||4 weeks||March27th|
|Cauliflower||4 to 6 weeks||February 27th||2 weeks||April 10th|
|Leeks||6 to 8 weeks||February 7th||3 to 4 weeks||March 27th|
|Lettuce||6 to 8 weeks||February 7th||3 to 4 weeks||March 27th|
|Onion||6 to 8 weeks||February 7th||3 to 4 weeks||March 27th|
Spring 2015 Warm Season Crops
|Crop||Days To Sow Before Setting Out||Date||Days to Set out After Last Frost Date||Date|
|Cucumbers||4 to 6 weeks||March 27th||2 weeks||May 8th|
|Eggplant||8 to 10 weeks||March 6th||2 weeks||May 8th|
|Peppers||8 to 14 weeks||February 27th||3 to 4 weeks||May 15th|
|Tomatoes||6 to 8 weeks||March 13th||2 weeks||May 8th|
While this may appear to be a lot of work for the Spring 2015 season even before it arrives a little planning and this project takes little time at all but it offers the reward of truly growing the vegetables that you want.
Remember unless you have a really large garden you are probably not going to plant more than 6 to 8 of most of these plants so they will not be taking up a large area or much time to grow a few minutes a day maximum. I highly encourage you to try it maybe only one or two varieties the first year but I think once you have you will expand your efforts next season.