What To Plant Now

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SeedsThe days are getting a bit warmer and the stores are stocking up on gardening items. Right now would be a great time to buy bagged fruit trees, grape vines and berry plants. The prices are usually lower for bagged plants and trees compared to potted ones. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have some really nice dormant plants in now.

This would also be a good time to think about planting tomato seeds. If you want to save some money and plant the tomato varieties that you want this is definitely the way to go. What I like to do is use those Jiffy peat pellets, they come in their own “greenhouse tray” and are easy to work with, come springtime, you just plant the whole pellet. Remember to keep your new tomato plants either under a grow light or in a very sunny window.Peat Pellets

Several of the tomato varieties seem to take forever to produce tomatoes, then when they are finally full of green tomatoes the first frost hits and they are wiped out. The best medium-sized variety we have found, that produces on a regular basis, is “Early Girl.” Also, for the best selection of any type of seeds, don’t wait till spring, buy your seeds now.

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