TRURO - With spring finally arriving after a long winter, gardeners are preparing their plants for the warm weather.
Peter MacNeil inspects plants kept in his shed. They have been growing inside since March in preparation for outdoor planting once the ground is ready. Gwydion Morris – Special to the Truro Daily News
“Most gardeners have been busy since February,” said Shirley MacNeil, president of the Bible Hill Gardening Club.
Transplants, which are plants grown indoors in pots to begin the seed’s growth, are usually started in early March, MacNeil said. The pots can be put anywhere warm with enough light, like a windowsill or under grow lights.
These young plants need daily watering and at least 16 hours of light a day to flourish, she said.
In the third week of May, these pots should be taken outside for an hour or two just so the plants can begin to acclimatize to the outside elements. Then, each week, increase the time the plants spend outside, MacNeil said.
“That takes quite a bit of time.”
Any frost in the ground must be gone before the seed can be planted. The ground must be tilled and composted then the seed can be planted, said MacNeil. The ground should also be free of any weeds.
“Once Mother Nature is kind enough, we’ll begin planting,” she said.
There’s a new garden trend every year, but gardeners have to wait to see what’s hot when stores open their doors, MacNeil said.
“We wait to see what’s out there.”