Although it's still firmly - or squishily - mud season here in Vermont, spring's official start on March 20 has those of us in northern climates rejoicing. We can see the end of winter now! If you're in a more tropical or desert climate, your March may look completely different.
Way up here in northern New England, I'm just ready to start plants this week. Greens are first on my list now that it's warm enough to grow them in the basement. (Our basement gets a good bit of light and we supplement with fluorescents.) So are cool-weather crops like broccoli, cabbage, and parsley.
I'm in zone 3b with a last frost date of June 1 or so. Traditionally, our neighbors plant their gardens Memorial Day weekend, though in a particularly cold spring it might be a couple more weeks before the last frost.
I love this planner from Little House in the Suburbs. It tells me exactly what to plant when, and has enough room for me to note what I've planted if it differs from the prefilled list. It's simple but not too simple, and I'm finding it very helpful for planning succession plantings.
How are your plans for spring shaping up? What are you planting, and what are you getting ready to plant? Come share in our Small Farm Forums.
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