By Renea Winchester
The winter of 2010 whipped through Atlanta filling the days with thick, depressing clouds and the nights with record freezing temperatures and several inches of snow. Billy and I were eager to plant something, anything in the Georgia soil the moment the sun returned. Fortunately, now is the perfect time to plant greens.
Lettuce, Kale, Collards, Mustard, Spinach and Turnip seeds can be planted now even though frost is a certainty for weeks to come. It’s also time to plant onion sets, or scatter onion seeds, as onions perish during the summer heat. And don’t forget sugar snap peas. My grandmother usually plants peas mid-January. Hurry, hurry and get peas in the ground now, they dislike hot Atlanta days.
If you don’t feel comfortable planting seeds outside just yet, turn a sunny windowsill and a milk “jug” into a makeshift greenhouse. Cut a flap in side of the container near the bottom (in the shape of a door), leaving enough room to add dirt, seeds, and a splash of water. Then close the door, place the container in the window and wait. Plastic boxes can also be used as mini-greenhouses helping eager gardeners jump-start the growing season.
Additionally, now is the time to purchase all seeds. Once again, I predict the season will find gardeners clamoring for popular varieties of vegetable seeds we love to grow. Happy planting and remember, a little dirt never hurt anyone.