Spring Is For Planting Seeds
You do not have to go somewhere to enjoy doing something different in your life. It is exciting when spring seeds begin to sprout. it can liven up some dreary days until winter is over.
Here Is Just One Idea
Start a garden. That’s right. Start a garden. Purchase a few spring seeds at your local hardware store. Or you can always go online to a seed store. There are so many. You can try Burpee, Johnnys Selected Seeds, Park Seed, Seed Savers Exchange, and more. The seeds will be delivered right to your door. Don’t forget to go ahead and get the gardening supplies you will need. Then there is no excuse not to dive right in. Playing in the dirt can be invigorating.
Next year, you can order a catalog from each of these companies and plan your garden before the ground even warms up.
If it is cold outside, purchase a seed starter kit. You only need to water, plant, and watch. It is exciting to see new seeds come out of the soil. You may end up with nothing but the adventure is worth your time. If it is warm outside and spring, make sure to get spring seeds that can be started in the ground. Just throw the seeds on some loose soil, cover as per the directions on the envelope, water, and wait. You did not waste much time or money if nothing happens.
We started these seeds in February indoors. Last year I splurged and bought a bottom heating pad (specifically for seeds, a regular heating pad is dangerous to use for seedlings). I am absolutely amazed at how much they have grown. I kept the clear cover on the container till the spring seeds germinated and grew tall enough to touch the top of the “greenhouse”. They have slowed down growing as I took them off the heat. I keep telling those spring seeds that they will be ready too soon. Slow down.
After they have grown a bit they were replanted in single containers. Don’t plant outside till the threat of frost is over. It is hard to wait as both they and I are ready for the outside. It is a warm sunny spring day. But do not be fooled. Cold weather is still a reality. It would be a shame to lose them now.
A good choice for spring seeds are cucumbers, squash, zucchini, peppers, and of course tomatoes. Vegetables that are prolific and easy to take care of are the best bet. Just plant and water. A bit of fertilizer later in the growing season will not hurt either.
Plant something outside but choose carefully. I planted onions in February. They are still small but they are upright so I know the roots are growing.
To show how smart I am, I purchased some garlic at Earth Fare. I peeled and planted. Then I took the time to read directions on the internet. The correct method is to separate the cloves and then plant them, with no peeling necessary. Oops! Back to Earth Fare for more garlic. Guess what, both the peeled and unpeeled garlic are coming up. Goes to show what they know.
The fact is, just plant something, anything! Spring is a new beginning. Any new growth is a pleasure to watch. If I get to eat what I am growing, even better.
A Small Project
This small project takes only a few moments of your time and it may bring some joy in the spring. If nothing grows, then spend another buck and a half and start over with more spring seeds. You have wasted nothing but enlightened a small part of a day in your life.