We waited and now it’s here Spring time in the Garden has finally arrived and now we can think of Spring plants for every garden. No one is happier than me. It’s been a long cold winter. Not my best season to begin with, so seeing the end of it just makes my heart sing. I am lucky because, I get to start a few things before many of my friends do. I have this wonderful greenhouse in my yard. It is filled with pots of dirt just waiting for those precious seeds that I saved from last years flower garden. But be assured I will not start anything that is truly tender….not for a long time yet. Even in the greenhouse, the nights can be cold enough to cause the seeds that you want to start off, to just up and die.
Spring Plants for the garden that can easily be started before the long week end in May are pansies, sweet peas, and any perennial seeds that you may have. These perennial seeds will actually sprout much better if they are given a cold period.
For the vegetable garden starting your peas is good, they like a cold start and the plants become stronger for having that cold start to their lives. They will produce more peas and that’s what we really want….Shorter vines with more flowers that will become pea pods for eating.
If you want to start your peas indoors, before setting them outside, that is easy enough to do. Just make sure that you plant only one or two seeds in a peat pot of good ground. So that once you are ready to take them outside, you don’t have to disturb their root system. They really don’t like to have their roots disturbed once they have sprouted. The same goes for the sweet peas that flower all summer long, they also like to be planted where they are doing to grow.
Other hardy seeds are not as fussy. Pansies, forget me nots, primulas, will all be happy to be transplanted into their new spots. You may get a small amount that will die, but they are probably the weaker ones anyways, so survival of the fittest is perfect.
Seeds that are started indoors, can be as beautiful and hardy as the annuals or perennials that you will see in the plant stores. These though, will have been loved by you, from the time the seeds went into the ground.
Heat mats can help you attain a better success rate and survival rate but they are a bit of an indulgence. If you think you will be starting your seeds every year on your own, then heat mats are a great idea. They are a real boost to your greenhouse operations even in your own home. Add a little portable greenhouse and you will enjoy bringing your seeds to life every year for years to come.