Last year, when my blog was nominated by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016, I found myself in the company of many amazing bloggers. I love expanding my virtual gardening community, so after learning about the nomination I emailed the other nominees to congratulate them and introduce myself.
I quickly learned that Erin, the owner of Floret Flowers, was kind and generous when she asked for my address to mail me a little care package of flower seeds to try in my garden.
I’ve been following her business journey ever since and am continually inspired by the gorgeous photos on her website and Instagram. Her photos of the dahlia harvest at her farm last fall convinced me that I must order dahlias for my garden this season. And I did – from her seed company!
Floret recently released a new book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms. Last Friday I treated myself to an afternoon at my local coffee with the book and all of my flower seeds for the season. I happily read through the whole thing and planned out how I’m going to incorporate more flowers into my garden this year.
It’s snowing here in Wisconsin as I write this blog post. Living in a northern climate can be tough because of our long winters. Long winters mean a short gardening season, which can be challenging if you love gardening as much as I do.
Right around this time of year I start to get a little impatient for spring to usher in the first days of getting my hands dirty in the soil. My fingernails have been far too clean for the last few months!
That’s why each year it feels like seed starting season arrives at the perfect time. I usually start my onions around the end of February and then work my way through my seed starting calendar over the next month.
Little by little my seed starting rack fills up with tiny, baby plants that I can fuss over and check on every day. Seed starting signals to me that the gardening season has officially begun and that I’ll be back out planting these little green vegetables very soon.
I breath a big sigh of relief when I break out my seed starting supplies each February. Spring is coming, I just have to hold on for a few more weeks.
If you’re a new gardener who’s just embarking on the seed starting journey this year, or a seasoned seed starter who wants to pick up some new tips and techniques, this is the time to do it! I thought I’d share some of my favorite resources from around the internet so you can dig in and get motivated to add to your skills and improve your seed starting process.
As a gardener in Wisconsin I usually have most of my seeds ordered by mid-February. I want to make sure I have everything I need when my seed starting schedule begins in earnest at the end of the month.
This timeline forces me to sit down and delve into some garden planning during January and early February. It’s not that I don’t love the garden planning process, it’s that I find it difficult to carve out the time with my busy speaking and teaching schedule at this time of year.
A case of the cobbler’s children having no shoes? Possibly. This garden educator sometimes has trouble making time for her own garden.
If this sounds like you, too, I’m hoping to help you jump start your garden planing with this round up of resources. Block out a few hours of time in the coming weeks to really delve into and savor the beginning of the gardening season.
The season really starts with the planning, and is quickly followed by seed starting, and then actually getting into our gardens. Spring comes quickly, even in cold climates, so make sure you’re prepared!