This past winter has been one of the mildest in Vancouver history. At home, we barely had to turn the heat on. February has passed by with gorgeous, brightly sunny days that coaxed cherry blossoms, crocuses and daffodils into full bloom weeks ahead of schedule.
The weather is completely beautiful, but it can bring a sense of unease. What does it say about our changing climate? And will we gardeners get over-eager and start planting things early, only to be met with a late cold snap?
All I can say is that I have a bad case of spring fever these days. Our first seeds went into the ground (under the protection of row covers) on February 15: a row of peas and a 1’x2’ block of giant red mustard. Indoors under my seed-starting lights, I’ve started a lettuce blend, super early tomatoes and green onions. I’ve already harvested overwintering baby lettuce, cilantro, parsley, carrots and kale. And I’ve added a bunch of compost and organic topsoil to our beds. Things are nicely prepped and starting to grow.
Now that March is here, we have lots to do. Here’s what I plan to plant:
- Corn salad
- Giant red mustard
- Mesclun mix
I’m hoping to harvest the following overwintered crops:
- Baby lettuce
- Pac choi
- Baby red mustard
- Kale flowers
- Onion greens
Of course, all of this is just a plan, and is subject to change depending on weather and everything else. Fingers crossed that we’ll have a nice, mild spring!