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Cabin fever: planning your garden

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Even if you are not a gardener, the long winter months are tough on you. The short cold days and the long, dark nights. For those for you who are gardeners, these long, dark nights are spent dreaming about the last day of frost and planting your new garden. Well, why wait till spring? You don't have to just sit and twiddle your thumbs, you have a lot to do! This series is designed o get you out of boredom and get your garden ready!

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The first thing, as a gardener, what you need to do is plan your garden. Those dreams you've been having? It's time to get them down on paper. If you are like me, a lot of the plants you dream of having in your garden are not sold at your friendly, variety gardening supply. In years past, I have just made due and gotten plants that were close to what I want. Not this year! This year we are going to start from seeds.

Even finding the seeds you want can be tough. However, here is one place you can find almost everything, even things you didn't now existed! Southern Seed Exchange has a large selection of heirloom and organic seeds. Each seed has it's own description and how many days to germinate. There are two ways to shop with them, either their website or you can order a copy of their catalog. Best part, the catalog is completely free!

There are many other seed sources, but S.S.E. is a personal favorite. While picking out your seeds, make sure that you get a variety that is good for the Indiana climate. For example, you may want to focus on plants that handle heavy winds. If your outdoor space is covered, you may want to focus on plants that need small amounts of direct sunlight. If you have multiple spaces, then you are in luck since you can plant almost whatever you want. Even if there is a plant you really want to grow then go for it. There are ways to getting around your climate. Grow it in your house or in your garage if you have one. Get special soil for it or get it a green house. If you really want it, make it work.

So start your planning and go as big as you want. Stay turned to this series and next we will go over growing your seeds inside your apartment.

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