Spring is almost here. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a first timer, it is time to kick it into gear. But, if you haven’t started don’t be discouraged. There still time to get your organic garden ball rolling. First timers may feel a little pressure trying to figure out where to begin. No need to worry! We are going to ease our way through a few of the basics for getting started. In no time you will be harvesting the fruits of your determination. Pinpointing a starting point can often seem overwhelming, so let’s break it down together.
Start by asking yourself a few questions. What are the most common veggies finding their way to your dinner table (make a list, top 5-10)? Chances are a few of these will require you to start the seeds indoors. Do you want to begin your spring garden from seeds or already started young plants? If seedlings are your choice the good news is you still have enough a little time and it’s not as hard as you might think. Whether or not to start from seeds or plants is totally up to you. If this is your first garden it may be easier to wait until after the last chance for frost and plant already started plants directly into the garden. Or, if you are feeling confident and want to take on starting seedlings indoors, go for it! You can also begin your garden with a bit of both.
O.K., you have now officially begun the planning process by answering a few of the starter questions. Now, it is time to start putting some of the pieces together. If seedlings are part of the plan and you are located in a warm southern climate like Savannah, GA, it’s time to get moving. The warm climate allows for an early start but it is not too late. Many seeds packets (requiring starting indoors) suggest beginning 6 weeks prior to the last frost of the season.
For starting your organic garden from seeds, you will need to go to the local hardware store, Wal-Mart, or nursery to look for your desired seeds. In the garden section, should be an array of various seed packets, usually about one third of the rack is organic. Make sure you pick up the ones that say organic(its easy to get destracted with all the veggie excitement). Good news is the organic seeds are only pennies more than the non organic. Shoping online is also an option. However, online shoping may require a little extra research. At this date, online shopping may best be used for obtaining the seeds needing to be planted directly outdoors after frost. If you are looking for more variety shopping online is probably a better way to go. Keep in mind the extra time you’ll need if the plants need to first be started indoors.
Now that there is a plan in place and a few seeds in hand, a proper environment for turning seeds into seedlings must be created.