In this issue:
- February in the Garden
- YouTube: 20 Colorful Tomatoes for 2021
- Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Spring Planting Guide
- Gardenerd Product of the Month: Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden
February in the Garden
February is filled with hearts and flowers, chocolates and sentimentality. It’s also filled with hope–eager gardeners plot and plan their spring gardens on paper. We imagine the coming season with a fondness and wistful expectation. Love is in the air. Love for new varieties, old favorites, and all that is yet to come. Let’s reset the garden together.
In the Test Garden, we’ve started seeds for tomatoes and peppers for planting out in late March. If your last frost date is later than that, count 6 to 8 weeks backwards from your last frost date to find out when to start seeds. It may be a while before that time arrives for your garden. But in warm-winter climates, we’re already gearing up for warm and hot-season crops. We’re harvesting lettuces and other greens, kale, Romanesco, carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, oranges, lemons, and tangerines. Our cabbages are heading up, nearly ready to pick. Flower seeds scattered before the last rain have popped up all over. And we’re seeing flowers on the apple and citrus trees and baby leaves on the pomegranate tree. Spring is close at hand! (But we’re sending heartfelt thoughts to those still under snow, and to those without power across the country due to extreme weather conditions).
In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest YouTube video, and our spring planning guide. If you need more guidance, join in one of our upcoming Spring Garden Planning Webinars. We’re here to get your garden growing strong!
2. YouTube: 20 Colorful Tomatoes to Grow in 2021
In our latest YouTube video, Christy shares the heirloom and open pollinated tomato varieties we’ll be growing here at Gardenerd HQ. Get your fill of tomato eye candy and choose a few for your own garden this year.
3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Spring Planning Guide
Each year we share our Spring Planning Guide to help you figure out what to grow this season. The list is separated into cool-season and warm-season. If you live in a place with snow or freezing temperatures right now, plan for cool-season crops. If you live where winters are warm, jump straight to warm and hot season crops for planting out in March or early April. There is still time for some cool season crops in warm-winter gardens if you plant those now. Let’s get planning and planting!
Want a little extra help planning what to plant where? Join one of our two Spring Garden Planning Webinars here.
4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden
Reset the Garden — Start a Fruit Garden This Spring! Christy’s new book is coming in April, 2021 (yes, another delay in shipping due to the pandemic!). Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden has everything you need to get started growing fruit in small spaces. Whether you have a balcony, patio, or back yard (or front yard…hey, we did that at Gardenerd HQ) you’ll find the best guidelines for designing your space, choosing the best varieties, planting and care, and so much more. Pre-order your copy today for the gardenerd or fruit lover in your life!
Don’t want to wait for a new book? We have autographed copies of 2020’s Gardening for Geeks ready to ship now.
Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Gardenerd.com. Let’s reset the garden together and get growing! Happy gardening.
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