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.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

seeds planted

seeds planted

I ran out of wooden plant labels, so I have temporary labels cut out of yogurt containers.

Kale, Wild kale mix (Territorial)
Kale, Tuscan (Sand Hill)
Kale, Winterbor (Sand Hill)
Thyme, German winter
Eggplant, Black Beauty
Broccoli, Blue Wind (Johnny's)
Broccoli, Marathon (Johnny's)
Tomatoes: Orange Blossom, Box Car Willie, Beaver Lodge, and Cherokee Purple
Eggplant, Black Beauty
Escarole, broadleaf
Lettuce, Rouge d'Hiver (Ohio Heirloom)
Lettuce, black-seeded Simpson
Lettuce,Big Boston (Burpee)



Blogger Regina said...

I'm intrigued - tell us about wild kales. Where did you find them and how are they different from the domestic variety ?
Your winter sowing has inspired me to try it this year. I'm off to collect jugs and soil mix in the morning.

February 15, 2010 12:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy - Thanks for a great idea! I've been using popsicle sticks which are a bit small for my purposes. I really like the idea of recycling dairy containers as labels!
- Daisy and Pixie in AZ, sunny and 75 degrees

February 15, 2010 9:14 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Hi there, great stuff, early tomato adventure too! I have just got home to find seeds on the doormat, early cauliflower and cabbage if I seed now I could be eating them in May. I used plastic labels last year using a permanent marker pen many just faded or washed off during the course of the season. Do you "fix" the writing with anything?
Marian (LondonUK)

February 15, 2010 9:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
Great minds think alike :-) Yesterday, I ran out of seed markers too. I was upset at having to pay roughly $2.50 for 12 or so markers at Lowes. I just think that is outrageous. I don't remember exactly the price and quantity, but, it was something like that. So, I fashioned some strips from cut up laundry soap containers. I felt good repurposing something. My son and I ended up making over 80 markers. Now that you mention it yogurt cups would be an excellent choice too. I had used popsicle sticks, recently, but those bled and actually started to rot after awhile.

Since I'm in So. Cal. I actually, repotted most of my seedlings into larger containers yesterday. Whew! It was a lot of work, but, everything is coming along pretty good. I only lost one tray of seeds. I didn't have my lights set up right at first. I chalk it up to a learning experience.

The days are getting warmer here and the soil is starting to get warm and is drying after all our rains.

Happy gardening,

February 15, 2010 1:05 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I've used these plastic seed markers before and when you put them outside the writing comes right off. Its only a temporary label, while the plants are inside. Rain and watering outside washes the ink off. As soon as I can, I will replace these with wooden labels.

I get my wooden labels at True Value for 6 cents each. They have some 4 cent ones too, but the ink will run and wash off these. There's no point in having a label if it doesn't hold the ink.

February 15, 2010 1:21 PM

Anonymous Mike Snyder said...

Another great idea for labels is to use old aluminum window blinds. You can make several hundred labels from one old blind that you would otherwise throw away.

February 15, 2010 3:02 PM

Blogger Becca's Dirt said...

I like your creative idea of the dairy container. I was just thinking this morning that I have an old mini blind to use. Are you using permanent markers? I am - so I hope the writing doesn't come off.

February 15, 2010 3:35 PM

Anonymous hydroponics said...

Gardening was really a great thing to do.I am glad you posted an information about it.Actually i am sort of a garden lover and i am looking for some data about it.

February 16, 2010 3:38 AM


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