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Dare to dream about Spring

Liz's Simple Garden Day 3
Liz's Simple Garden Day 3
Liz Stambaugh

As I blankly stare out my window and still see cold, wet, and snow outside, my mind starts to wander about warmer places. Thoughts of a beach, or perhaps a cruise, or heck even my hammock in the backyard during summer goes through my mind. As unrealistic as these day dreams are, you and I can realistically start thinking about Spring.

This week when I was doing my shopping at Wegmans, (Oh how I love them!) I came across “The Simple Garden”. As you can see from my picture in the left hand side, it’s a rather large pot, with water tray, and dirt. The thing was an impulse buy. (Which happens a lot at Wegmans….) But it was my defiant way of saying to winter I’m ready for spring!

The thing is really simple, and would be great for any first time planter. It comes with dirt, seeds, an instruction and planting guide, and even a measuring stick to gauge how deep to place your plants. I am now waiting for basil and cherry tomatoes to spring to life, so when warm days are finally here I can transplant them to the ground.

Even if you don’t have a “Simple Garden”, if you like to start your seedlings indoors, now is the time to start planning. March is typically the time to start your first wave of seedlings. I always like starting my seedlings indoors, since Maryland weather is so unpredictable it gives them more of a fighting chance to survive.

Here is a list of items you want to start as seedlings or sow direct into the ground come March/April.

  • Garlic
  • Lettuce Leaf
  • Onion Seed
  • Onion Sets
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Summery Savory

Asparagus and cabbage are also items you want to plant during this time. For Asparagus and Cabbage you will want to start them out in trays and plant the seedlings. If you need to wait to plant the seedlings till Mid-April, that’s absolutely fine.

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