This is the time of year when I start dreaming about my garden. I am haunted by what lies underneath that implacably deep layer of snow. Today, it’s been snowing hard since 5am, so the spring seems even further in the distance. But I pulled out my gardening schedule anyway. This is the timetable I use for starting seeds indoors under lights, transplanting outside, and two phases of planting directly outside (first phase for the cool-weathers like spinach, broccoli, arugala, lettuce, mesclun, peas, and then later for things like squash.) According to this schedule, I will plant the first indoor seeds around March 1, for things like leeks and brussel sprouts. Tomatoes, eggplant, and pepper seeds come later, probably around April 1.
Here’s a photo of the garden this weekend. As you can see, the four raised beds, the hoop greenhouse, and the beloved lavender and multi-herb patches are all buried. In some parts of New England, the conventional wisdom is to plant peas on St Patrick’s Day. But that never works up here in the Northeast Kingdom. I won’t be able to plant anything in the ground (outside the greenhouse) likely until the first week of April.