Yard not needed

Start planting an indoor garden now to get ready for summer

By EMMA JANICKI
On April 3, 2014

Although the first day of spring was a little over a week ago, Mother Nature desperately wants to convince us otherwise. Cold temperatures, snow and rain don't exactly scream that summer is just three months away.

Even in this cold weather, though, starting an indoor garden will not only brighten your living space and improve your mood, but also prepare you for the best summer foods. Whether you're living in a dorm or an off-campus apartment, any UB student can make a space to grow, nurture and love a couple plants.

Below is a list of plants that can be planted in Buffalo's climate in March and April, according to gardenate.com, a site that offers lists of plants that can grow in current climates nationwide. The plants vary in their harvesting period and process.

Basil

Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in June.

Chives

Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in June.

Dill

Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in July.

Mint

Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in June.

Oregano

Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in May.

Peas

Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in July.

Snow peas

Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in August.

Spinach

Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in June.

Strawberries

Begin with seeds. Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can begin harvesting in 12 months (if you're in this for the long term).

Tomatoes

Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in June.

If you've never gardened before, take a break from studying to pop over to Home Depot, or another home store, and get some gloves, a watering can, potters, potting soil and some seeds (make sure to do research to get seeds that fit your preferences about organic or genetically modified foods).

Gardening is a relaxing and fruitful hobby that can give you a much-needed dose of nature and offer a reminder that the end of the semester and the beginning of summer are just a few weeks away.

 

email: features@ubspectrum.com


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