I’m thinking spring these days, but not because I have cabin fever. I’ve got spring fever because it is time to start planning for (1) early-growing cool season garden plants and (2) warm season veggies that take forever and a month to grow into good sized transplants. That being the case, here are a few veggies you might want to consider starting indoors by late February to mid-March, or whenever the seed packet recommends – wooohooo!
- Cabbage family members: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower. These family members are poor performers in hot weather so they must be started early and transplanted to the garden during cool spring days.
- Allium family members: leeks and onions. Grown from seeds, onions and leeks take a long time to grow to maturity so start them early indoors.
- Solanaceous family members: Eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. Perhaps this one surprises you? Yes, these are all warm season veggies but yes, they also take a long time to grow from seed to sturdy transplant. Because these plants fall under ‘takes forever and a month’ category, it is a good idea to get them started indoors early too – as the seed packet recommends – but likely by mid-March for certain varieties.
So have fun, get growing, and see you in the spring!