Gardening in Zone 3...
But then I look outside. We still have a thick blanket of snow covering everything in sight and I sigh...
"HURRY up Spring"!!!!
What is a cold weather gardener to do?
1. Start your seedlings:
You can start seeds indoors with a simple set-up. No need for fancy grow stands and expensive lights. This year, I am starting all my herbs, tomatoes and peppers in plastic storage totes. As they sprout, I will add an under-the-counter fluorescent light to each box. I found these lights for a bargain price, and I am excited to see how my tiny greenhouses will work!
There is just something about perusing through your seed catalogs. I am almost giddy when they start to arrive in the mail. As I am looking at the pictures, I can smell summer! Every year, I try to add at least one perennial fruit bearer or herb to my garden. Someday, I want my grandchildren to thank me for that asparagus on the ditch bank or the raspberry bush in the front yard.
This year: Elderberries and Nanking Cherries will make their debut in my garden!
I won't plant until June. But if there is one advantage to that, I have PLENTY of time to plan! I can research best plant companions and have time to re-arrange and dream up all kinds of crazy ideas to try.
Are you a reader? Pinterest is likely to be the death of me... I have soooo many ideas and soooo little time! I have added a small hugelkulture bed to my back yard, and last fall, my garden was covered in a thick layer of leaf and hay mulch as I am looking forward to years of no-till gardening. Some ideas are a flop, but that's OK. It's all part of the adventure!
You can find some of my favorite garden ideas HERE
I promised you something big was happening today...
We might as well feed that spring fever, right? I know we're all ready for good weather so we can get our hands dirty once again - some of you sooner than those of us here in Colorado!
Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead
Michelle at Mid-Life Blogger
Angela at The Inquisitive Farmwife
Michelle at Souly Rested
Crystal at Homemade Happiness
Nadine at Making Her Mama
But you can still head on over to Baker Creek and order high quality heirloom seeds for your garden!
― Robert Louis Stevenson