Time to start some seeds

Garden Strawberry

Garden Strawberry (Photo credit: jomilo75)

Okay, I know it’s just the first of March, but I’m anxious to get my hands dirty and plant some seeds.  I don’t have a greenhouse or sun room (don’t I wish…), but my spare bedroom gets a lot of sunshine so a big table directly in front of the window is the perfect place to start those tender seedlings.  But what should I plant?  Do I want to start some tomato plants or several varieties of peppers?  Do I want to start some herbs?  How about some flowers?  Why, yes…yes, I would like to grow all of the above.

Unfortunately, I have to kind of limit myself since I only have the patio outside my kitchen and a small bed under the window.  So I usually grow a few tomato plants and a couple of pots with peppers in them…always have to grow jalapenos to use in my salsa…just thinking about homemade salsa is making my mouth water.

I can definitely be thinking about starting lettuce outside…well, once this next little cold spell passes us…we might even get some snow tonight…yippee!  And of course, I’ll have to grow some spinach and radishes.  I have cilantro coming up outside right now…that stuff self sows like crazy.

Mixed lettuce and radishes from last spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I look through the seed catalogs and want to try all of the new things, but I usually stick with the old tried and true veggies…what I know will grow well here.  Is that boring?  I think I’ll challenge myself to try something I’ve never grown before…not sure what that would be.  You know what I’ve never grown?  Strawberries.  Yep, my grandma had a huge strawberry patch when I was a kid.  Oh how I remember those days.  We had to help her pick them and she didn’t want us to eat any because she sold a lot of them.  Man, that’s just mean to a little kid.  Somehow I survived the cruelty though.  But yes, strawberries it is.  I know I won’t be able to grow a lot of them with my limited growing area, but even just a few would be pretty cool.

Are you already dreaming about your garden?

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4 Responses

  1. I think you should grow heirloom tomatoes. When I was in the grocery store a couple of days ago, heirloom tomatoes were $3.99 a pound! You could buy enough seeds for everyone in your complex to grow tomatoes.

  2. I wish I had a sunny window. The best one is over the kitchen sink, and it just won’t do to have a nursery there. How did you fare in the bad weather up there?

  3. Last year I only planted a couple of bean plants and a couple of tomato plants. They produced like crazy! So this year, I am going to do what a cousin told me her dad used to do. She said get one or more of those solid (hard) plastic kiddie pools and enough soild to fill it. Then plant your plants in there and she says it always produced and she said corn, beans all of it did well! You do need to poke some holes in the bottom so if it rains for several days your plants do not flow out of the pool. I will let you know how it does!

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