Last weekend I finally got our seeds started. It’s still been cold here, especially at night, and far too early to plant any of these plants in the ground. Most people I know buy vegetable plants and don’t start seeds, but we wanted some more unique and gourmet varieties of vegetables and hopefully we’ll get them!
So, this year I’ve planted the following:
- Tomatoes — beefsteak, hybrids, pear and cherry varieties
- Peppers — ancho, anaheim, jalapeno, bell peppers, and sweet pepper varieties
- Eggplant — gourmet, Italian and asian blends
- Herbs — sweet basil, summer savory, thyme, sweet marjorum, Italian flat leaf parsley
We purchased a lot of new seeds, but also had a lot of old ones, so I planted everything and we’ll see what comes up. After the seeds germinate and sprout and get big enough, it’ll be time to re-pot them in single containers. I have a feeling that we’ll have a lot more than we need, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
All of our seeds are stored in a “greenhouse” rack that we have sitting outside. It’s a four-shelf rack with a plastic zip-locked cover. Since it’s been so cold here, I’ve had the cover zipped up most of the time, but sometimes it’s been warm in the middle of the day and I leave it open. I keep the seed containers moist and cross my fingers that in a few days I’ll start to see something come up!
Our garden is going to be a pretty big one. It will keep everyone on our ranch (my husband and I, my parents, and my grandma) supplied with fresh veggies all summer and into the fall, and I’m also going to be doing a lot of canning and freezing to ensure that we will be set for the rest of the year.
This is the area where our garden is going to be. We’re going to start working on the soil this weekend and have some seeds in the ground probably late this month. This is the site of my grandmothers’ garden that she had for many decades but as she’s elderly and frail, she hasn’t had a garden for about ten years. We had our wedding reception down there last May and our now ready to plant some organic goodness complete with an automatic drip system. This isn’t my grandma’s garden anymore! 🙂
And yes, that’s our Border Collie, Doc, walking through the photo. 🙂