Winter garden update and seeds to start now

Its garden time! Today I’m sharing how my winter garden plants did and what seeds I’m starting now. I’ve also been watching helpful videos and tracking down some items I’ll need for the year, so will share those with you to help start your garden planning!

A great place to start is finding out when you can sow or start the plants you’d like for your garden. Get inspired by reviewing the Westcoast Seeds planting chart by region here!

For more inspiration, check out past garden posts shared by Alison and I:

Backyard garden

Gardening while renting

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Progress of winter garden seeds started last fall

I was hoping to have a really amazing update about how much spinach I harvested over the winter and how much broccoli was ready now…but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. It seems that our neighborhood rabbits ate any and all shoots that came up, so sadly no harvest. The garlic I planted seems to have been less appealing, so at least that’s doing well!

winter garden
Winter garden with no plants

What should have happened this spring

If things had gone to plan, I would have had broccoli, spinach and cabbage ready to harvest as they would have overwintered and been ready in early months of the year. It looks like some of the spinach is starting to come back, so might not be a total loss! But the other plants were completely eaten and sadly aren’t going to regenerate.

Seeds to start now

There are some seeds that can be started outdoors right now on the South Coast of BC! The ones I’ll be planting soon are:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Spinach (will have to be covered)
  • Carrots

Seeds that can be started indoors now include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

Things to try out!

Looking to start seeds? Check out the video below or watch it here!

One of the things I learned last year when we had a garden consultation with Seed and Nourish was pretty obvious – soil is important! But I didn’t realize how much we had depleted our soil over a few growing years. So last year we added a lot of compost to our garden beds, and added worm castings and fertilizer to the soil when we planted seeds or seedlings and it made a difference!

Also as a result of our consultation and reading “Square Foot Gardening” we structured a more vertical garden last year to fit more items into our space. It was helpful to have twine and cages to make this possible.

What are your garden plans for the year?

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One Comment

  • Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader)

    I’m rethinking our garden this year. We’ve had no success at all over the last couple of years with our north-facing garden. We’re also hoping to rebuild our deck this year, which will be a disruption. I may take a break and just plant tomatoes. My goal is to put some planter boxes around our deck and then look into vertical gardening options to take advantage of the sun on our deck.

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