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Date:10/22/2014 6:57:56 AM
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Early Season Preparation For The Garden
Baby, it’s cold outside, but spring is just around the corner, so even if you don’t garden year-round outdoors, now is the time to prepare for spring. Getting a head start on the growing season indoors will insure your garden lights the landscape up come spring.

Make a list of what you want to grow, take inventory of what you have, then sit down with your seed catalogs and order what you want. Don’t wait too late in the season because not only might you be faced with items you want being sold out for the season, but your order may arrive long past the time when seed starting should take place.

Most seeds are started 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. This time frame varies though depending on the type of seeds you are sowing and how soon in the season you want them to bloom. For example, I am sowing tomato seeds right now even though it is only January and the last frost in my area is May 15th. The reason? I will plant them outdoors, under cover, in the cold frame around the end of March or the beginning of April and begin harvesting tomatoes earlier than most people.

For more gardening and homesteading tips, please visit my blog at http://www.experimentalhomesteader.com
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