In the Organic Garden: Week of February 8, 2016

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February 8 to 14, 2015: The groundhog is calling for an early spring, and we plan to be ready. We’re sketching plans for the organic garden, ordering plants, and preparing for seed starting. 

KITCHEN GARDENS

In fruit and vegetable gardens, we’re

  • preparing for seed starting. The back of the seed packet tells you when to start seeds inside. Remember, the frost-free date for Indiana is around May 12.
  • setting up our seed-starting equipment. We’re making sure our seed-starting lights are ready to go, and we’re collecting and cleaning containers to use.
  • purchasing seed-starting medium. We like coconut coir for an eco-friendly alternative to peat moss-based seed-starting mixes.
  • sowing leeks, onions, and celery indoors. These plants prefer a very early start so they can go in the ground as soon as it dries enough to be worked.
  • selecting additional fruit trees, berries, and perennial veggies like asparagus and rhubarb. These are all available through on-line nurseries like Stark BrosRaintree Nursery, and Indiana Berry. The nurseries will ship plants at the correct time for planting in our zone.
  • sprucing up the cold frame. If you have a cold frame, make sure it’s in good repair and ready to handle hardy seedlings.
Amy Friedly radish watercolor⎜Spotts Garden Service

This watercolor by our own Amy Friedly has us dreaming of springtime kitchen gardens.

ORNAMENTAL GARDENS

In other parts of the garden, we’re

  • pruning deciduous trees. We’ll start pruning fruit trees in the next few weeks too. Call us at 317-356-8808 to schedule an appointment.
  • walking the garden on warm days and watching for emerging bulbs. With unusually warm temps and no snow cover, lots are coming up early. But don’t worry, they can handle the winter weather.
  • sketching planting plans and dreaming of spring!

Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

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