Well, for most Minnesota gardeners, starting seeds indoors gives us a jump start on our short growing season. And why is it that I am NEVER organized early enough?
Taking a peek at the University of Minnesota’s gardening calendar, I’ve discovered that I’m several weeks behind if I want to plant certain varieties of plants (lisianthus, geraniums, pansies/violas, wax begonias) and vegetables (leeks and onions). I do have a small pansie in the works thanks to attending the Wagners Garden Center booth at the recent Minneapolis Home and Garden Show.
If you are planting indoors – here’s what we should be starting early March (now!) –
Plants: ageratum, coleus, dahlia, gazania, heliotrope, lavatera*, petunias, rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan), scabiosia, schizanthus, snapdragons, verbena, vinca/periwinkle
Vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, head lettuce
Guess I better make that trip to my local Garden Center this week.
Here are some other spring yard tasks that are best done now according to the University of MN Extension office Web site:
- Inspect fruit trees for blight
- Start seeds indoors
- Check on any produce or bulbs you have in storage
- Fertilize houseplants
If you want to attend a spring gardening workshop, check out this page to see if your city is hosting one.
Happy seed planting!