I Didn’t Mean to Freeze the Summer

Seriously. I’m sorry.  I’m really, really sorry. You see, last Monday I changed out my winter tires for the all-weather’s. Apparently, according to pretty much everyone I talk to, that’s what brought second winter to Ontario. If you live in Ontario you know what I’m talking about. My children cried, I cried and then I put my truck in the ditch and cried again. I also need to apologize for the title. At least to those of you who now have songs playing through your head that you worked so very hard to forget. I just couldn’t help it. Let it go.

This post isn’t really about winter or annoyingly addictive children’s movies. It’s about an itch that I get every spring. Oh how itchy I am.  Last weekend, I was going to start. I bought new gloves. I drew plans.

And. Then. It. Stormed.

My garden. I love my garden. The dreamer started it. He thought we should grow our own food. I laughed. I had three babies, how was I supposed to find the time for that? He was right though and I haven’t looked back. There is something so satisfying about producing your own food.  About teaching your children where real food comes from (hint, it’s not from a box) and to appreciate and care for those plants. It really cuts down on our grocery bill too.


So here they are, my tiny babies. Peppers, tomatoes, spinach and lettuce. The peppers and tomatoes need a head start inside. They thrive in warm climates, and we have such a short growing season, that it’s best to start them 8-10 weeks ahead of time. I’m experimenting with the rest. They can handle some cooler weather, even a little frost (especially the spinach), but it’s probably a little early. Especially now that winter has returned.

Growing your own vegetables from seed is easy. Try it. I dare you. Pick a veggie that you love and buy seeds. On the back it will tell you when to plant inside.  Some plants do better directly sewn into the ground and the seed packet should tell you that too. I like to use peat plugs, which you can buy anywhere with a garden centre. Add water and wait for them to expand. They will look like muffins. Kind of like purple muffins. Don’t eat the purple muffins. K tried to eat them once but that’s another story. Add your seeds, put on the cover and wait for germination.

Once germinated, place them in a sunny spot until it’s time to move them outside. If they get too big take the entire muffin and plant it in a 4” peat pot. Cool season plants, such as spinach and peas, can go out as soon as the ground can be worked. Others, such as beans or tomatoes, need to be protected until the chance of frost is past. What do you think? Will you give it a shot? I dare you.



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