ONLY TWELVE MORE DAYS BEFORE SPRING!!
NOTE – This is the first of what will be weekly posts giving advice and tips for the vegetable gardener. It will be posted each week on Mondays.
We are still five weeks away from starting some seeds down in the cellar but it is not too soon to be deciding what we are going to grow in this year’s vegetable garden; there are only 100 choices. Last year was not a wonderful year for veggies, especially tomatoes. We decided that in 2010 we are going to use every trick in the book and some tricks not yet in the book to get a great harvest no matter how lousy the weather is going to be. So stand by; we are going to give you some weird stuff.
Jeff has decided to not start any of his plants from seed under lights (wimp). He is going to use seedlings from the garden center and try some seedlings via the Internet. He of course will be planting lots of seeds directly into the soil. Peas go in when the soil temperature hits 40 degrees sometime near the end of April.
We will be using other season extending devices such as Walls O Water to get some of the cold hardy crops going in mid-April. We figure here north of Detroit in Zone 5 that last frost will be around May 15th. We wait another two or three weeks before putting warm loving plants into the ground. We use soil temperature as our main guide for when to put various vegetables into the garden. Next week we talk in detail about soil temperatures. So relax; it’s not a big deal.
All the seed catalogs have arrived and we are now in the throes of negotiating which varieties we will plant for each vegetable; you don’t want to know the gorey details. Our garden is about 100 square feet but we add lots of containers to give us probably the equivalent of 175 square feet all together. In that space we intend to grow at least 22 different kinds of vegetables thoughout the 2010 growing season.
As you can see above, we are still snow bound.
What’s happening in nature during Week 9?
The soil temperature under snow cover here at Birchwood is frozen. The sap of the sugar maple tree should be starting soon. Chipmunks will begin to show their noses outside and the Red-Winged blackbirds should return from their winter quarters.
This vegetable gardening blog is posted every week on Mondays – stay with us.