Don't let that last hint of winter fool you: as far as we're concerned, spring is here.
If you're the kind of gardener who waits for stories about "planting season" or big sales at the garden center to start work, you're already falling behind.
Even before your yard is ready for new plants, you should be seed starting indoors. Then, mature plants can be moved into your garden when they're ready.
If you haven't tried seed starting your garden plants before, it can sound intimidating. But the extra work will actually save you time and money in the long run.
First of all, buying seed packets from your garden center is cheaper than mature plants, and there are usually more varieties available too.
While you'll need to invest in some extra equipment - like grow lights, indoor seeding soil, and seed planters - they will pay for themselves over time.
If you live in a part of the country with a short growing window, seed starting really pays of. You can squeeze in more crops of vegetables, or enjoy more time with lovely flowers.
But seed starting will also take up space inside your home. Although, a compact planter and light setup can fit easily in a garage, spare room, or your kitchen.
If you're ready to try seed starting for yourself, we have some helpful tips to get started.