Your spring growing season begins the day of your last frost.  The hard part is figuring out when that is but your local gardening club (and trust me, they’re out there) probably have a pretty good idea based on previous years’ experience.  We also know a number of farmers that swear by the Farmer’s Almanac’s chart which can be found here : http://www.almanac.com/content/frost-chart-canada

Once you know when that is, you can take out the seeds you’ve been stockpiling all winter and dive back in the dirt.  And if you’re more of a vegetable grower than an oriental flower type, there’s a variety of hardy vegetables that you can plant while the frost still lingers.  These vegetables can typically stand frost and temperatures as low as -4 degrees and a select few of them like kale, collards, and spinach (being the hardiest) can survive a few degrees colder.  Not only does that make these plants great to plant in the early spring but also the late summer because they can survive your first hard frost and into the late fall.  Some other hardy vegetables include Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Chives, Peas and Radish.  Calendula is an edible flower that can hold its own in cold weather and the last on this list which leads us into our next post, hardy flowers.

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