Monday, March 11, 2013

Starting Seeds...






 




It has begun!

This weekend we pulled out the grow light and egg shells we have been saving to start some seeds.
While we did purchase some seeds at the nursery last week I also went through my seed box to see what we could still use and do a bit of organizing. I had to shuffle around a few packets, as the months in which we can start things have shifted just a wee bit! My garden notebook reminded me of just how much our growing season has shifted.

I love using this old tool box to store my seeds. The months of the year cards came in an old metal file box I thrifted many moons ago. I used the alphabet cards and box for my recipes, but the months cards sat lonely and in need of occupation for quite some time. It finally hit me to use them for seed organization and they work great. But as you can see things go a little messy at the end of last season so I have some rethinking to do about how to organize those succession planting seeds. I do have a little project coming out in the next issue of Kindred that I think is going to help a little... can't wait to share that with you!

This weekend we started:

Mustard (mircorgreens on the windowsill in the kitchen)
Tomatos (three kinds)
Peppers (two for now... more to come. Many more to come.)
Basil (two varieties)
Watermelon (oh, yes! We could not grow it up north.)
Sugar Baby Pumpkins (kiddo request)
Pickling cucumbers (Great Grandma's Mustard Pickle recipe will be put to use again this summer!)
Baby greens (My favorite thing to grow... so good and easy.)
Zucchini (Is a garden really a garden without Z?)

Have you been making garden plans?
What are you starting this spring?


13 comments:

  1. I am so appallingly bad at growing things as well as at protecting them from the local critters that want to munch on whatever I *do* manage to grow. I'm good at following directions and doing grunt work--I'm quite happy weeding, for instance--but when it's under my direction, it's usually a failure. Luckily we have a wetland setback on our property and it just runs rampant, attracting all sorts of wildlife and blooming with interesting things. I just go with nature uncorralled. ;)

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    1. Love that Amy... nature uncorralled! You gave me a huge smile. My first few gardens in Nova Scotia were totally dedicated to feeding the wildlife! Grrr.

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  2. i love amy's comment. the big joke is that i'm good at growing kids but the kiss of death to everything else ;-)

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    1. Me too! And you are great at growing kids! ;-)

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  3. Garden planning has started, new beds are being designed and seeds will be ordered shortly. Can't wait to get my hands in the dirt.

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    1. It has been nice to have this early start! Although my neighbor in NS just emailed and said the first bulbs are coming up!

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  4. Our gardening is going at full steam ahead. The 'rule' around here is everything must be in the ground by Easter if you want it to grow and since Easter is only a few weeks away there is not time to waste.
    Truthfully, my husband built a greenhouse so it's easy to get things going and since he loves to work the dirt, I let him.
    I am the offical weeder, canner, freezer and cook!

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    1. Oh... a greenhouse would be so nice. I am already missin' my cold frames. Maybe someday again.
      Let him indeed!
      I love your offical titles.

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  5. No garden plans yet as we are in the midst of a move back to our home in AZ. And yes, those growing seasons are quite different. I love your organization system. I think I may need to adopt it!

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    1. I think I am going to be spoiled again with this growing season!

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  6. i need to start thinking about this. :)

    beautiful photos as always!

    xoxoxo

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    1. Your garden is always great! Looking forward to pics... you have to let me know when you post to flickr as I have not been spending much time over there.

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  7. Ah yes...seed starting time...my favorite time of the year!!! Love your use of the month cards to organize your seeds! Brilliant!

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