March is finally here.
I'm not sure about you, but March is my most dreaded month of the whole year. It seems like winter will never end and that everything will remain ugly and dead-looking for-EVER!
Certainly, it doesn't help that I suffer a bit from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder - depression induced by lack of daylight. It's quite common for people living in northern climates).
Years ago, I decided I needed to be proactive and find something to help me get over my "March Madness". I realized what I really needed was to see something living, growing and thriving. Something that would give me hope for the future.
After lots of reading and research, I taught myself how to start my own garden plants from seed. There is something incredibly satisfying about growing your own starts, watching them transform from tiny, dead-looking seed into gorgeous, flourishing plants that feed your body and your soul. Absolutely incredible!
Now, March is not quite so miserable. I spend hours working under the soothing lights of my grow lamps (which also helps counteract the lack of natural daylight). Every tiny seed that sends up a vibrant green shoot seems like a miracle. I'm filled with awe, excitement and hope for the future.
It's truly the perfect antidote to March Madness.
Are you hoping to start your own seeds too, but don't know where to start?
Here is a quick Planting Guide to help you figure out what plants need to be started indoors... and which ones can wait!
Peppers, Onions and Perennial Herbs need the most time to get established, so those can be started in early March (8-10 weeks before the last frost date).
Tomatoes need about 6 weeks (don't start too early or they get "leggy", weak and root-bound).
The rest of the "Start Indoors Plants" are fine with about 4 weeks.
If you are interested in learning how to start your own seeds, be sure to check out my informative videos, titled "How to Start Plants from Seed", Part 1 and Part 2.
I filmed these in April of 2016... you know, when we had several INCHES of snow on the ground. Oh man... Show me those lovely green plants! Spring can't come soon enough...
Perhaps you're not a DIY sort of person and would rather purchase plant starts that are ready to go in your garden. You're in luck!
I will have a selection of my favorite Heirloom/Open Pollinated Tomato and Pepper Plants for sale on the Farm Stand this spring. I'll be sure to post more details as the planting season gets closer.
Until then, stay healthy, stay happy, stay whole. I can't wait to see you at the farm this spring!