Early Spring Planting Tips

by admin on March 1, 2013

Spring comes and goes at this point in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. We’ve had many beautiful days in the upper 50’s and we get to work on garden projects and other fun outdoor activities, then we get hit with a snow storm and end up indoors working on other projects. It works out pretty well!

On our last blog post we shared a link to a Mother Earth News article showing how to build a hoop house greenhouse that is pretty quick and inexpensive to build. We found another greenhouse plan that looks great and costs only $150.00. Click here to get detailed instructions.  If you make one of these send us photos and we will show them off for you!

Gardeners cold frame

A good way to extend your season even more is to build a cold frame inside your hoop house on your garden beds. This gives you an additional layer of protection and is really amazing. I learned how to do this from Elliot Coleman in The Four Season Harvest book.

Soooo… if you have built yourself a hoop house you can now start planting hardy greens and lettuces. (If you don’t have a hoop house and have to plant outdoors in beds, you should wait a few weeks to do this.) Here is a list of hardy crops that can be started now in a hoop house or inside in trays to be transplanted in a few weeks:

  • Arugula
  • Early Broccoli (De Cicco)
  • Early Cabbage (Red Acre)
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale (both Lacinato and Red Russian)
  • Cold Hardy Greens
  • Cold Hardy Lettuces
  • Sweet Onions (Parade and Walla Walla)
  • Pac Choi
  • Parsley
  • Borage
  • Chives
  • Cosmos
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtuims
  • Sweet Peas

All of our regular seed packets contain complete growing instructions and also come in a ziplock bag so you can store your extra seeds in a way that keeps them viable for as long as possible!




In San Juan County, Washing State, the population 16,000 voted in favor of banning the “propagation, cultivation or growing of genetically modified organisms” in the county. The initiative 2012-4 was won by a 1.5 to 1 majority.  This is very exciting! Lets work together to create this in our local counties! Learn more…

Happy gardening!

– Your friends at Circle of Life Organic Seeds

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