It’s an exciting time of year – garden season continues to get closer and there are finally things to start planting in preparation.
It’s about time to start some seeds if you are planning to start your own, rather than purchase plants – although both methods have their benefits.
For the first time this year, I’m trying to start some of my Roma tomato plants from seed.Usually I just buy the small plants during some of the early sales in the season.
I planted my seeds last week and already have a couple of tiny sprouts showing. I hope by starting them from seed, I can replant them in some larger pots, then have some pretty good size tomato plants when it is time for them to go into the garden.
I’m also going to buy some plants like I usually do. It should be interesting to compare how much each produces.
Another seed you should have going by now is celery. It takes a long time to grow, so start it indoors. I usually try to start mine early in January, but it’s not too late to get it going. They will still have time to be transplanted outside and produce fresh celery all summer and fall.
On a side note, I’m hopeful to have some fresh salads soon from the lettuce that I started in my greenhouse. With the help of a little heat at night to keep the temps up, it is flourishing. If you don’t have a greenhouse, you could start a small pot of lettuce on your windowsill in a south-facing window. The seeds sprout in no time, then once the leaves are large enough to eat, start harvesting what you need for each meal and it will keep growing back.
Until next time, happy garden-fresh eating!
Julie Clements is a Butler County Master Gardener.
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