The snow falls down around us as we jam our our numb fingers into the seed packets. After twenty minutes of scattering seeds we’ve planted a good chunk of our garden. And our hands haven’t touched the soil.
Is this hope, or what? Perhaps, it’s just laziness. Maybe someone will leave a comment saying that fall planting is an effective gardening practice and that they’ve done it successfully for years. I have read snippets on the internet about gardeners in our climactic zone who plant lettuce after the ground freezes so I decided to try our luck with a few more vegetables (snow peas, carrots, parsnips, echinacea, ground cherries).
We mostly planted seeds harvested from our own garden; ones we have plenty of, so I didn’t feel wasteful powdering the soil with them.
Check back after the spring thaw to see if it worked!
Veggies that worked perfectly–lettuce, garlic, parsnips, herbs
Veggies that kind of worked–carrots, snow peas
Veggies that got lost or didn’t germinate–ground cherries, echinacea