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 05, 2013

first seeds planted

I planted 5 six-packs of seeds yesterday. Three varieties of onions (Pontiac, Ruby Ring and Frontier), plus leeks and celeriac. Yippee, the season has begun!!!


Blogger Greg said...

It's nice to see that I'm not the only person who's excited about finally starting seeds. I'll be doing the bulk of mine this coming weekend.

February 06, 2013 6:43 AM

Blogger Linda said...

I started onions and a few seed-swap shallots on Saturday, but I was sad to see that I was out of leek seeds (How can that be? I've only been working on that packet since 2005!). I also optimistically started some lettuce and spinach to try out in my new cold frame, but cold frames are new to me, so it's anyone's guess how that will work out.

Last night I discovered that something had sprouted with gusto...and wouldn't you know, it was the one thing I'd failed to label. I think it must be lettuce...but of course I have seeds for 4 different varieties in my possession, but which one? Some sort of dwarf romaine, I suspect, probably Burpee's "Little Caesar."

February 06, 2013 8:50 AM

Blogger ValHalla said...

Yikes! I'm behind already--seed starting is my least favorite part of gardening.

February 06, 2013 12:55 PM

Blogger becky3086 said...

I feel the same way. I bought some onions bulbs and some more asparagus roots and can't wait to have time to get them in!

February 06, 2013 3:40 PM

Blogger Pam said...

Hi Kathy - I thought you may have started so came to your site to check. I doubt you can go outside to play yet.

I started too - Swiss chards, Tuscan kale, Asian Komatsuna, lettuces, and seeds for 3 varieties of broccoli. One neat variety is Piricicaba (or Piracicaba), a Brazilian variety that is reportedly VERY heat-tolerant (and is grown for leaves AND heads). I grew Piricicaba last Fall - I did not expect it to survive our winter but it did. I used the last of the fall broccoli tonight in a Thai stir-fry. Very yummy.

Also started seeds for easy perennials - gaillardia, agastache, rudbeckia, feverfew, echinacea, malva sylvestris. All should bloom this year except the echinacea.

You got a ton of snow, we got tons of rain. I'm ready for spring!


February 09, 2013 7:55 PM

Anonymous Morgan said...

Hi Kathy,

Hope all is well and the snow has finally melted away.

I started some of my seeds a few weeks ago as well, hoping that this year will be a good one.

I do agree with you on how excited I am that the season has come around again. It fly's by these days.

The Blooming Oasis

February 24, 2013 1:49 PM


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