Time to get ready for planting season
Can I start planting vegetables yet?
— Tracy, via email
With less than two weeks to go until spring officially begins, it’s time to dust off those square-foot gardening books and find your favorite spade.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, starting Monday, vegetables and herbs including bell peppers, celery, eggplant, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme can be started as seeds indoors. If you’re going by moon dates — the more “traditional” schedule for spring — it’ll be another week or two before those seeds are ready to start indoors.
Bring on the bees: Planting culinary herbs in the vegetable garden also attracts pollinators.
The Garden Tower Project says for USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 and 8, indoor starts for early March include asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onion, spinach and turnips. Kale, peas and tomatoes are also ready for indoor seeding, according to Urban Farmer.
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