seed packages

3 02 2009

OH it’s like Christmas in February when your seeds arrive! And mine have, so HAPPY day! Once again, I ordered my seeds with no real plan as to how I’m going to fit them all into the garden. This will probably mean another garden bed added this year… and maybe sticking a dozen or so tomato plants in my mom’s garden when she’s not looking – shhh.

So now it’s on to setting up a seed-starting schedule. And if my little bundle of joy decides to come late, then I should be able to get some eggplants and hot peppers started before the end of the month. If not, it’s anyone’s guess what seed schedule I will keep!


trading post

9 01 2009

Is it time to order seeds yet? IS IT?!? It’s gotta be.

I remember this from last year, feeling like it was forever before it was finally time to order them. Last year I chalked it up to it being my first year as a GARDENER and wanting to get a jump on things. This year? Hmm. All I know is that I am ITCHING to order seeds. I can’t stop surfing seed sites like these…

I’m also hoping to do some seed trades this year… I’m not quite sure how that is done but I’ve heard that there are websites… secret websites perhaps… where one can go to do some seed trading. If you know the secret handshake and the meeting place, count me in. I’ll make it worth your while.

the magical fruit…

26 09 2008

The first frost has come and gone, but I am still harvesting. These beautiful black turtle beans grew tall in my beds this summer, crying out to passers-by, “Notice me! Notice me!” But I knew better and ignored them in their green glory. I let them bake in the summer sun until their husks had dried out into papery packages. Finally, as the nights got cooler, I invited them inside. Now they sit in a clear glass jar in my pantry and wait patiently for dinner.

hello World!

19 05 2008

If these nasturtium seedlings aren’t the cutest little things, then I don’t know what is! They elbow their way through the soil, arch their backs and then open their hands with an offering. Well, HELLO right back at you, my little ones!

sugar and spice and everything nice…

29 04 2008

Finally! An update on the Roma tomato seedlings. Here is what my best and brightest looked like a week ago:

For those keen-eyed readers, you will wonder what is dusted on the leaves. Cinnamon! YES!!! I heard that cinnamon is good for warding damping off. And since damping off had thwarted my last round of seedlings, I plied this second round with sugar and spice and everything nice (not really, for the sugar – but doesn’t it sound nice?). So far, so good, because here is what my best and brightest looked like tonight:


if at first you don’t succeed…

17 04 2008

And – once again – WE HAVE LIFTOFF!

Keep your fingers crossed this time.

seedling S.O.S.

8 04 2008

Just LOOK at this beautiful picture! Doesn’t it just make you want to grow everything from seed? These seedlings looked so full of hope and promise when I photographed them on Sunday. Yes, past tense: looked. They were the first of my Roma tomato seeds. But when I got home on Monday night, several of them had started to droop, and by this morning half of them were shriveled up. The two hot pepper seedlings are also looking questionable at this point. I don’t know what happened. Was it something I said?

It’s bringing back flashbacks – I think this has happened to me before but that I’ve tried to suppress it. No, no, no!! Little seedlings, what is it you want from me?

At least the magic pots are holding their own.