|I always let out a whoop of delight when I see the first seedlings poking their heads up.|
Spring has sprung! You may be going crazy wondering where to start if you are planning a vegetable garden by growing from seed. Help is at hand.
Some vegetable seeds you baby a little by starting indoors, like warmth-loving tomatoes. If ever a plant said, “Please buy me a greenhouse,” tomatoes are it. Other, cold-hardy vegetables fare better when you start them right in the ground. And if you are growing certain veggies, like spinach and peas, you can sow them right now, in early April. Or even earlier, in March.
Check out this Old Farmer’s Almanac handy online calculator for sowing dates, customisable to whatever location you’re in. For seed starting in Toronto, you couldn’t ask for a better help. Their calculator bases their statistics on US locations, but many Canadian locales correspond quite well. Instead of zip code, just fill in your province abbreviation: Ontario=ON. Check the Farmer’s Almanac Seed Planting Date Chart out here. It’s definitely a page I am bookmarking for long-term quick reference.