While the signs of spring in some places are slowly but surely beginning to show, many green thumbs may be excited to start gardening.
But with the snow still on the ground, outdoor gardening at this stage is practically impossible. However, as the Slagle Family Farm shows us, starting indoors is a great way to get a jumpstart on an outdoor garden.
"There are actually quite a few people that will start their own tomato plants from seed and pepper plants,â?? explains farm owner, Jason Slagle.
"Itâ??s really pretty simple,â?? Slagle explains. â??You just get your standard flats, like this, which you can buy at any of the hardware stores, and they come with some plastic lids that go on them; they are called humidity domes. Most of the time they'll take anywhere from 10 to 12 days for most of the seedlings to come up.â??
Grow Maxx, a company in Iron Mountain that specializes in indoor gardening, says that starting early really is best.
â??Itâ??s a risk when you get outside with your plants because the weather might just decide to freeze one more time when you finally get outside,â?? explains Kim Fraser. â??So the bigger and healthier they are when you get started, the better."
And when it comes to kids, there's great news.
â??Weâ??ve found that with everything we grow, they're most willing to eat a lot more vegetables that they've helped grow,â?? Jennifer Slagle says.
Itâ??s all a way to help make spring come a little bit sooner.