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Spring vegetable garden time is here!

vWe thought it would never come, and maybe it still won’t, but we are hoping that Spring will eventually arrive.  When it does, we want you to be ready to garden!

What grows in Coeur d’Alene anyway?

Well, according to the USDA,  Coeur d’Alene is zone 6.  This means that we can grow plants that can stand temperatures down to -10 or so.  With that in mind, what does that really mean?

Start plants indoors!

There are some types of hardy vegetables that can stand up to the uncertain weather that we all know as Spring.  Among these are, spinach, peas, lettuce, and the cauliflower family.  Tomatoes and  peppers love hot days and warm nights, and really need to be started inside where the temperature is more moderate and there is no threat of freezing.  You can start them either by seed or by seedling.  Usually, these can be purchased at the local nursery or at the home hardware outlet such as Home Depot or Lowes.  To start them, you will need some sort of pot, soil, and either seeds or seedlings.  Add sunlight and some water, and by the time the weather becomes more stable, you should be well on your way to Summer produce.

Usually by May, again according to the USDA, the threat of frost should be over.  It will be safe to transplant those vegetables outside.  If you have doubts about the threat of frost being a thing of the past, there is a formula that you can download from our now good buddy authority, the USDA to calculate the last frost date.   https://www.usda.gov/

If you are skeptical of the government’s ability to accurately calculate the last frost date, another resource is available.  The “Old Farmer’s Almanac” publishes such information as well.  Take your pick!  http://www.almanac.com

Either way, now is a great time to plan and start your vegetable garden, so get going!

 

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