Garden adventures and advice…

Back in the Deep Freeze!

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As is not uncommon this time of year but we’re back into the colder weather. Even had a few hours of flurries today, but at least there was no accumulation.

Not the best day for working outside, the winds are cold and biting and even the garden gloves aren’t keeping my hands warm. However, it is time to start your seeds indoors for any annuals or vegetables that will be moved out to the garden once the frost is gone and the garden soil warms up.

We’re about a month or 6 weeks away from our average last frost date, so get those seeds planted. This year I’m planting zinnias and sunflowers ahead of time to get a good head start. I find the birds tend to take the sunflowers right out of the garden regardless of how well they are planted, and sometimes the zinnias don’t bloom until later into July when started outdoors. We have some giant sunflowers this year, so the birds will just have to be patient – but it will be worth the wait.

I had considered peppers and tomatoes, but will get those from our local garden center, without the use of good grow-lights, the vegetables just won’t sprout the way they should…..but seeing as I’m stuck inside today, I should start a little grow-light research.

But I do have squash, snow peas, pole beans and cucumber all waiting to get into the ground. With the creation of two new raised beds this year, next year’s garden will be better than ever.

Cool weather seeds like sweet peas can be planted in the garden now – remember to soak them overnight to help them germinate quicker. By the time the warm weather arrives, the vines will be well on their way up the trellis and not all that far away from flowering.

And get some pansies out if you haven’t already – they love the cool weather and look great!


Author: gardenchatter

I'm a Horticulturalist, Master Gardener and member of the Garden Writers Association who enjoys playing in the dirt and experimenting with different veggies, plants and flowers in my Zone 5 garden. Check out my website With a recent addition of a greenhouse, my newest passion is growing-your-own. And what fun that is. Yes, there's the odd failure, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as walking through the veggie patch collecting dinner.

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