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Time to start your seeds in growing zone 6

Like many new gardeners, knowing when to start your seeds is paramount to a successful season. To do so, you need to know your average last frost date for me in Westchester County, my magic date is April 15 or May 15 or somewhere in between. No two websites give you the same date.  I’ve picked May 7 as my planting day.  Working back from the last frost date, here are the dates I will start my seeds.

  • Krimson Lee peppers 3/14/2011
  • Carmen peppers 3/14/2011
  • Red rocket peppers 3/14/2011
  • Amazing Cauliflower 3/14/2011
  • Brandywine tomato 3/28/2011
  • Granadero tomato 3/28/2011
  • Cherokee Purple tomato 3/28/2011
  • Marble Red Onions 3/6/2011
  • Diva cucumbers 4/4/2011
  • Ridgeline Romaine 3/6/2011
  • Eight Ball Squash
  • Arcadia Broccoli 3/14/2011


Dr Seuss’s garden: Dragon carrots, gold beets, purple tomatoes and red rocket peppers

As usual, my procrastination has gotten the best of me and the two posts that had been rolling around my head this week never got written.  Nor did I finish the book that was due back at the library…or…well you get the picture.

I did manage to sit down for 15-minutes this evening and organize my garden for 2011.  In addition to finalizing my seed purchase for this year’s garden, I will also attempt to start most of my own plants from seed this year. Continue reading

When the weatherman gives you snow, buy tomatoes

As I was shoveling what felt like 500 lbs of granulated sugar, I allowed my mind to wander to warmer endeavors.  It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my shoveling…I did, each of the three trips I made to keep the driveway clear were zenful retreats from my chaotic “work from home” day .

The race to keep pace with the plows, which for the record did an outstanding job keeping Rt 134 open and clear and the end of my driveway covered in what can only be described as cookie dough,  caused me to further ponder yesterday’s boating/hobby dilemma.  My mind to wandered back to the boat and eventually I ended up in the garden.  Could/should I downsize the garden to make time to sail, camp, kayak etc…?

During coffee breaks and rest periods from shoveling and in between work phone calls and emails, I pulled out the Territorial Seed and Johnny’s catalogs and thumbed my way through the beans, beets, carrots, lettuces squash and tomatoes. It is fascinating how many options a home gardener has when choosing their crops.  Of all my interests, I think the garden is the most logical to pursue as planned.  It’s will pay for itself, it will feed the family and it has the least travel time involved.

So in spite of the storm, I focussed on the delicious Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and plum tomatoes that I would be growing.  Imagining the heat of the summer as I peeled off my gloves and ice riddled jacket.

Where does this leave me with my decision bout the boat?  No closer to having an answer this evening than I was this morning.  But I do have my seeds all picked out and I’m ready for a bumper crop of those Brandywines.