It doesn’t really feel like gardening weather, but don’t be fooled. This is the time for you to start thinking of winter crops and crops that need an early start. In a couple of weeks, you can plant cold weather crops right into the ground in your garden. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts. Add in some collards, kale, spinach and spinach.
It’s better if you start them indoors around January 2, 2016 and then transplant them into the garden Feb 21.
You can then direct sow peas into the ground at the same time.
Are you looking forward to growing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around the same time as your cold weather crops. Then, around March 8 you should start watching the weather forecast and, as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant these into the garden.
The the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, can be planted directly into the ground around March 12, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature.