In the absence of a very detailed plan, I fear this summer will find many of my seeds unplanted and my goal of increasing our produce yields unrealized. I already have such a large quantity piling up in my half gallon mason jar of half used packets in the refrigerator, plus others that were never even opened at all the last couple years. It would be foolish of me not to take advantage of them while they are still viable and improve upon my yields.
Last night, I sat down with all of my packets, a few charts & websites, and figured out when would be best for me to plant and transplant all of those seeds.
Our last frost date is about May 26th-ish and I like to plan most of my planting for Saturdays when I know for sure I’ll have an extra pair of adult hands to help out whether they’re needed for wrangling the children or working the soil. I think the greatest temptation this year will be to not sow early. It’s been such a warm winter that I can’t help but wonder if the spring will be so equally warm that I’ll want to get a jumpstart on the garden, but I’m going to try really hard to remember that it isn’t worth the risk of exposing those tender young plants to the elements when they’re too immature to handle them. Ultimately, stressing them like that will decrease yields and we don’t want that, do we??!
I know it seems like a great variety of seeds we’re planting this year. This year of scaling back. But I’m not ready to give up on the herb garden and I hope that many of these won’t need my attention next year come seeding time, but will have self-sown.
I can’t help but wonder if it will all end up fitting on the seedling shelves in the basement. My best guess is that I only have room for 12-15 flats at one time. It would be really nice if that little greenhouse we planned was going to be up so I could have some extra space there especially later in the spring, but here we are just six weeks into the year and already we’ve scrapped that goal from our list. It would seem that there was a difference of opinion as to how how it should be constructed. In other words, my husband’s plan was too ugly, hodgepodge, and makeshift in appearance and we don’t have the materials to build the more classy one I envisioned (complete with a little stone foundation and white grids- aren’t I picky?).
Some plants we’re trying for the first time and only time will tell if they’ll become permanent additions to our garden- those are written in blue. Our garden staples are written in red. Wouldn’t it be nice if this plan worked out so beautifully that instead of sitting down and calculating this every year, all I had to do was adjust the Saturdays of each month?
11th– Indoors– peppers, asparagus
25th- Indoors– tomatoes; parsley; marjoram; sage; thyme; chives; lavender; dill
Indoors– feverfew; anise; oregano
Indoors– broccoli, cabbage, chit peas
Harden Off– feverfew; onions
Transplant– asparagus (in cold frame); sunchokes; peas
Direct– oats, kohlrabi; lettuce; chard
Indoors– cabbage (2); sweet potatoes; eggplant
Indoors– chamomile; yarrow; basil; anise; lovage; stevia
Transplant– feverfew; onions
Direct– white mustard; radish; lettuce; cilantro; wheat
Direct– lettuce; cilantro; lemon balm; quinoa; barley
Transplant– broccoli; cabbage; parsley; dill; anise; oregano
Transplant– cabbage (2)
Transplant– pyrethrum; chamomile; yarrow; tomatoes; peppers; basil; anise; lovageDirect– beans; summer squash; cucumber; winter squash; pumpkin; sesame seed; parsnips; carrots; lettuce; cilantro
Direct– corn; lima beans
Transplant– sweet potato slips; stevia
When does your seed starting season begin? What are you most looking forward to growing this year?
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