Hey, fellow farmers! It’s been awhile. We’ve been making some small changes around the DIY Farmer site. As crazy as it seems we looked up and Spring was right around the corner! We thought we would go ahead and share our tips for getting your garden ready for Spring, because before you know it Spring will be in full swing!
This will be set-up in two parts: Inside and Outside
We started with purchasing seed trays (72 count) and potting soil. We then planted the following:
Eggplants (Patio Eggplant)
Scotch Bonnet Peppers
Tom Cat Tomatoes
Felicity Peppers (Sweet Jalapenos)
We then put them under heat lamps while setting them on heating pads. They will stay there until we are ready to plant them outside. We usually keep them inside until Easter weekend, where we then plant them in our raised Cedar beds. While this is something we recommend, it isn’t a necessity. You plant what you want and adjust accordingly. This is just something we do because it gives them a head start in the growing process.
We will start planting our outside vegetables on Good Friday and continue through the Easter weekend and they will consist of the following:
Desert King (Yellow Meat Watermelon)
Sugar Baby (Watermelon)
These will also be planted in our raised gardens and just like the indoor plants it isn’t a necessity.
We often recommend that you research the vegetables you are wanting to grow during the Spring. Not everyone likes or enjoys the same things (and that’s perfectly okay). If you are planning on doing any indoor planting it is best to start as soon as possible. We try to start ours around the 1st or 2nd week of February so they have plenty of time to start the growth process. Making sure you put a lid on them helps keep the moisture inside. Once they start growing you can take the lid off and check to see if they need additional water.
Always do your due diligence when researching your favorite vegetables. It is also best to plant a few extras of your favorites because sometimes you can get bad seeds that won’t grow. I am a fan of having too many instead of not enough. In the past we have only planted the number of seeds we wanted to grow and it didn’t turn out as planned. Trial and error are a big factor when planting, regardless if you plant ahead of time indoors or outdoors. Take from me you would rather be safe than sorry.
Keep in mind occasionally some areas get the “last frost” of the season around Easter weekend. This is important to be aware of because you don’t want to plant everything only to have it freeze and not grow. We stay on top of the weather updates for our area and we encourage our readers to do the same. We hope you all have a very bountiful Spring season and that all of your vegetables come out beautiful.
Stay tuned for more updates on the planting process and outcome of our efforts! Happy planting, yawl.