In case you were wondering, there are several things you can plant earlier than others. There are also some plants that, if you are starting them from seed, you must start them early. Peppers take a while to grow to maturity in Canadian weather...so be sure to get those seeds germinating well before you plant them outside.
Here are a few things that you can plant directly in the ground just before the May 24th weekend:
Some lettuce varieties
We like to get some going before that though...so here is the growth update on our spinach!
|Pictured taken right before said cat dumped the lot...some lived...miraculously|
When we start things like peppers, the package says to start them in a soil-less medium. If you're wondering, we use a clear pyrite baking dish, 9 x 13". You wet down a paper towel and line the bottom, then sprinkle in the seeds. Add another layer of wet paper towel and seal with plastic wrap. Set in a sunny window for a few days, checking on moisture and spritzing down when needed. You should be able to see the seeds sprout a tail and then its ready for the soil medium! Start pepper seeds in March if you have a warm sunny place available. Keep planting pepper seeds each week to get a full crop that lasts the whole season. Peppers, sadly don't store well for a long period of time.
Spinach is a great plant for succession planting, as you can plant in cooler weather and it will still grow wonderfully. August is tough for spinach though...dry and hot...spinach tends to bolt (go to seed) quickly in those conditions. Last year was terrible for our spinach...but then again, we were experimenting with location of leafy greens. Can't always predict what will happen in new conditions.
What are you planting these days?
Are you itching to turn soil yet?