It's Time to Think About Planting


Hello everyone!


Hope you're all managing to stay warm and dry despite this (hopefully) last blast of winter. Despite the cold, I'm writing today to tell you it's time to start thinking about starting your garden. Crazy, I know, but it's true! It's time to get your seeds in order and (if you haven't already) consider starting some seedlings either inside or in a greenhouse. I personally recommend William Dam and Veseys as seed suppliers. You can order from both of these suppliers online. If you prefer to buy your seeds in-person, a number of local retailers have seeds available now in their stores, which is another great option.

Plants that you might want to start indoors or in the greenhouse include later-season items such as: tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, and flowers. Early-season/colder weather plants like peas, spinach, and some lettuces can be planted directly in the soil once the weather is warm enough. Beware of frost risk. Some plants can handle a touch of frost, while for others, frost can mean a complete disaster. According to plant hardiness guides, Manitoulin is located in zones 4b and 5a. The Old Farmer's Almanac has a great guide for plants well suited to zone 5, and information regarding when these plants should be placed in the ground. The guide can be found here:


plant hardiness zones


Good luck with your gardening endeavours, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible. 


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Until next time!


- Vanessa