This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

seed sorting


I'm getting ready to plant!

Today I sorted my seed packets. I made a pile for each planting date and wrapped these with rubber bands. A pile for 12 weeks (before last frost), one for 10 weeks, one for 8 weeks etc.

I also stopped by my local True Value hardware store and got a bag of soil and some seed trays. I got my old stand by soil - MiracleGro seed starting mix. For trays, I got 4 large trays (no holes) and 4 packs of 1x1.5 inch planting cells. These are my favorite planting items, though there wasn't any choice at the store I went to. I don't think they've put out their seed planting stock yet. Most gardeners don't start so early I guess. (They probably wonder what's my problem...)

The first seeds to get planted are the onions and celeriac, which get planted at 12 weeks before last frost. I may also plant a couple very early tomato seeds soon. And maybe a few flowers, like lavender.

I'm so excited to be planting soon!!!!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing Plan
Great schedule that you made before going to plat the vegetables. i like that very much.your collection of seed's packet in the pile is marvelous.this help us to prepare a Veg Plants in a systematic manner..

February 03, 2010 5:31 AM

Blogger Darla said...

I already have some seedlings up. Isn't this an exciting time of the year?

February 03, 2010 7:13 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

I am going for the same technique this year, along with writing the sowing date and variety on trays/pots that are coming up so I have no excuse for forgetting.

February 03, 2010 8:17 AM

Blogger Cynthia said...

Do you have a photo of your setup for the seeds while they are indoors. I would like to see how you do it. Thanks.

February 03, 2010 9:41 AM

Blogger Paloma said...

I have to start doing something like that soon! Hopefully this weekend!!!

Love spring! and can't wait!!!


February 03, 2010 10:18 AM

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February 03, 2010 10:38 AM

Blogger Conor and Tricie said...

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February 03, 2010 10:42 AM

Blogger Susie said...

I am going to try to get mine done today:-)

February 03, 2010 11:59 AM

Blogger ValHalla said...

Have you talked about lights yet? I'd like to start seeds for the first time, but I don't think my south facing window will cut it. I'd rather not make a bug investment, because the point is to save money. Will the small fluorescent fixture over my kitchen sink work if I can get a shelf installed beneath it?

February 03, 2010 12:39 PM

Blogger ValHalla said...

A big investment, not a "bug" investment--ha!
I found your old post about lights, so thanks!

February 03, 2010 1:15 PM

Blogger Kristin said...

So exciting! My Fedco order just arrived today! I am in NH, so a little bit behind you, but I need to hit the garden store for supplies...this will be our first time starting seeds ourselves :). Now to figure out planting dates...thanks for the organization idea!

February 03, 2010 2:12 PM

Blogger Robert said...

Anyone else finding Park Seeds to be rather slow on delivery this spring? Seed Savers, Territorial and Gurney's were very prompt...

February 03, 2010 4:53 PM

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February 03, 2010 7:12 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Felicia, I forwarded to the beekeeper.

February 03, 2010 8:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No problem, I've gotten a lot of tips and advice from you this past growing season, which so happened to be my first, so when I came across the post, I thought of you.

February 03, 2010 8:20 PM

Blogger Meredith said...

It's so exciting to plant those first seeds. I got a little thrill just seeing your stacks of seed packs. Happy sowing!

February 03, 2010 10:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ordered my blue seed potatoes, I am tickled! A few more months and we will be off and running! You have quite a few piles of seeds there, I am still in the process of collecting all of mine.

February 05, 2010 1:51 PM

Blogger Andrew said...

For lights, a great system I use is a cheap plug-in fluorescent utility light from Home Depot loaded with full-spectrum bulbs. Set it up with a timer for 8-10 hour automatic operation per day and you're set. So far its worked for 2 years down in the basement.

February 05, 2010 2:29 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

Yay, seeds! Can't wait to see what pops up in your garden this year.

February 05, 2010 10:58 PM


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