Fifty-four. That's how many days until spring. At least from the day that I am writing this article.

Spring officially begins at midnight on Monday, March 20, 2017 and I personally can not wait. Although Ohio can be finicky and snow and ice are still a challenge, spring gives us all hope.

It is a chance for new beginnings. Bright daffodils and tulips start popping through the ground and just seems to make everything better. If you can't wait that long to see some greenery, or you just want to get a jumpstart on your garden. Now is the time.

Tuscarawas County is in zone 6 when it comes to planting and starting seedlings. Which means that all of those seed catalogs coming in the mail won't go to waste. Onions take eight to 10 weeks to get to transplanting size which makes January the perfect time to start them. Herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, chives and parsley also take about eight to 10 weeks.

Lettuce should be planted in mid-January to have fresh lettuce in April; spinach and swiss chard are the same way. Although there is no need to plant a lot of chard as they grow similar to zucchini and you will have an abundance. This is a good time to start kale too as it tastes better and is much sweeter when grown in cooler temperature.

If growing vegetables are not necessarily your thing and you are dying for some color in your life, than pansies fit your bill. Pansies need to be started in mid-January to be ready to transplant by mid-April.

Let the countdown for spring begin!