Although there is still snow on the ground, it isn’t too early to start planning for a spring and summer garden.
Visitors to the Baright Public Library on Saturday had the opportunity to visit the Seed Share, an event where they could pick out seeds of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers for their future gardens. Master gardeners Kathy Goodman and Mary Illig were on hand to answer any questions people had about gardening. Other volunteers from the Douglas/Sarpy Extension Office.
And while the ground might be cold still, Illig and Goodman said planting season is mere weeks away.
“It depends on what they got today,” Goodman said. “It’s the first part of March usually.”
A good starting date for planting is St. Patrick’s Day, weather permitting.
“I try to do all my planting on St. Patrick’s Day if I can,” Illig said.
But some vegetables such as leeks and onions need to be started in a few weeks. Since it varies so much from plant to plant, those with gardening questions can call the extension office at 402-444-7804.
To prep a garden before planting, it’s important that the soil is in good shape.
“We always tell people they should have a soil test done,” Illig said.
Gardeners should also wait until it’s a little more dry to plant, Goodman said.
Whether planting will be done in the ground or in pots, location is key.
“It should be a spot that gets a fair amount of sunlight and gets good drainage,” Illig said.
And for gardeners just starting out, Illig and Goodman recommended some vegetables that would be easy for beginners.
“Radishes if you like them,” Goodman said. “They’re always easy. Tomato and pepper plants from the greenhouse are always good. It depends on your tastes. That’s what’s nice about today is you can get a lot of seeds and try them without spending a lot of money.”
Illig also said pumpkin and zucchini are easy and fun for children to care for.
Marvin and Alyssa Schulz are past the beginner phase of gardening.
The couple have had a garden and have been growing their own vegetables and flowers for years.
“I do lots of flowers and tomatoes,” Alyssa Schulz said. “We also plant gourds, pumpkins and cucumbers.”
The Schulzes were not even aware the seed share was going on until they arrived at Baright on Saturday.
“I walked by and I looked in and they said, ‘Come on in!’” Marvin Schulz said.
Alyssa Schulz took arugula, leek, eggplant and cauliflower seeds for this year’s garden. She said growing her own vegetables has its benefits.
“It’s so much cheaper,” she said. “And I know exactly what I’m eating.”