It’s good to be a gardener…

Jan 30, 2009

Even on chilly winter days when your toes feel like ice cubes...well, my toes always feel like ice cubes. After a bit of an ice-storm here, the sunshine is back but it's still too cold for me to venture outside. Maybe in a couple of hours. I'm on vacation right now so I'm taking advantage of my free morning to relax, have some coffee, start some seeds and record things in my garden journal. Which I'm TERRIBLE about doing by the way.That's what happens when you're a professional horticulturist...you do all the things you tell your students/clients NOT to do! lol.  Actually, it's one of the reasons I started this garden blog. Not because I wanted to showcase any brilliant garden writing, have a million people view my garden, or any such pursuit. I started it so my friend Carolyn and I could keep up with each others gardens and so I could keep better track of what I did and when.

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So right now I'm starting more seeds of the varieties I test for Organic Gardening Magazine, I can't divulge the variety names for the test plants (names have been blotted out for your own protection!), but there is an assortment of tomatoes, spinach, celery, squash and more. The test spinach has already gone out into the garden, along with the cutting celery and lettuce. In addition to the test plants, I'm also getting some seeds going for some of my other standard favorites. Tomatillos purple and green, Tomato 'Aunt Ruby's German Green', 'Green Zebra', 'Marvel Striped' and a few others.

I keep all my seeds in plastic buckets with lids so I can tote them around. Seeds packets are sitting in piles around me at the moment...oops, just dumped a bunch of okra seeds all over the floor...those will go directly into the garden in April. Still trying to decide what else I'll start indoors right now...

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Karen
Jan 31, 2009
3:24 am

Cool red seed starting box. My mom order’s from Johnny’s they have some interesting stuff. Will be curious to hear what you end up testing out, and how they grow!

Michelle
Feb 02, 2009
6:15 pm

I like the box too! Where did it come from? Are those paper pots that you have in there?

I started blogging for the same reason, to keep better track, and it’s helped a lot.  But now it’s also become a lot of fun to part of a great online gardening community.

Leslie Halleck
Feb 02, 2009
7:05 pm

with the fiber pellets that expand in water…it’s the lazy way for me, but they actually work great! You can just buy the little refill pellets. They have different trays that come in different shapes…You can plant the seeding directly in the pot/ground and the fiber “jacket” just breaks down. Or you can make little newspaper mini-pots. The “greehhouse” lids make all the difference. Oh, and a seed heating pad is also a must in January/February…

NC
Feb 05, 2009
11:58 am

So, when are you getting that big vicious squirrel eater??? Don’t forget, spring is also when the squirrels procreate and expand their lot. Out go the kitties, in comes a big cuddly veggie guard dog! Sorry Sean!

Also, I’ll be over in early summer to eat! Unless, of course, all MY seeds work out, then I’ll just come over to see you. wink

Leslie Halleck
Mar 11, 2009
10:52 am

I just saw that my original response about the seed trays was cut off. The red seed starting greenhouses are from Jiffy I believe…They come with the little expandable pellets that swell up once you soak them in water, and a clear plastic dome. Very easy to use and they seeds germinate very well in them. You can buy packs of replacement pellets.

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