February 13 to 19, 2017: Welcome back to our weekly series! This week, we’re making planting plans, ordering plants, and gearing up for starting spring vegetables indoors.
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 Bros, Raintree 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.
In other parts of the garden, we’re
- pruning deciduous trees. We’ll start pruning fruit trees soon 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!