1Rounding the bend towards spring, Montpelier, Vermont reached the 10-hours-of-daylight milepost on February 4th. Why does this matter? According to Eliot Coleman, author of The Winter Harvest Handbook, plants need at least 10 hours of daylight to put out new growth. You can look for spinach in the cold frame to begin throwing off the winter doldrums and greening up. That is, if you can get to it through the snow!
2Eager to get a jump on the season? Learn how to start your own seedling at a Seed-Starting Workshop, March 16th. Topics to be covered: choosing potting mixture, timing of starts, lighting, hardening off. Workshop $10; 4′ light stand kit $15 (optional.)