Winter Storm Hercules was a dud in terms of snowfall, but as the temperatures returned to the single digits, my son (he’s 5-years old) and I have been gawking at seed catalogs planning our springtime garden.
This year, I think we may be co-oping my neighbors garden plot, so there will be an opportunity to increase our production and variety of vegetables and fruits. I have already had a watermelon request from the boy and I am going to try corn again this year. Last year our potatoes, beans, and hot peppers did really well, so they will be repeats. But I’ve been thinking about onions and a few other new additions.
While the mercury drops and everything freezes over and we dream of warmer days and gardening…my question is where do you buy your seeds? I have tried several different companies to mixed results and was hoping to get some suggestions.
As the threat of frost diminishes and the soil temperatures warm I’d be remiss if I didn’t update you on my garden woes.
Two weeks ago I brought home the tomato, squash and cucumber plants. After excelling in the seed trays and then a successful transplant into the cow pots, some of the seedlings have taken a turn for the worse. All of the cucumber and squash plants have died. And all of the Brandywine seedlings have gone the way of the compost bin as well. I’m not sure what happened, maybe they went into shock after living the plush life in my office under the grow lamps. I suspect I may have left them outside on a day that was too cool and windy for them. Continue reading →
Tuesday night I finished transplanting the last of the tomato and pepper seedlings into the Cow Pots. They claim to have no offensive odor, however they do smell. Regardless, the seedlings are doing great, as a matter of fact, the cucumbers and eight ball squash are doing too well. They’ve taken off like gang busters and at this rate, might start flowering before I can get them in the ground. In my nervousness and eagerness to not start my seeds too late, I jumped the gun and started some of the plants too early. Next year I stick to my planned schedule.
(Thanks to Gary for snapping these shots)
Another lesson learned, my wife brought home a stray of dead onion, lettuce and basil plants. I will try to resurrect them, but I may need to replant those seeds.
Thirty three years young, wife of one man, mama of six children, homeschooler, homesteader, homebirther, self-taught amateur herbalist (15+ years pharmaceutical free!) hobbyist photographer (yes, all the photos are mine), former c.n.a. turned wannabe midwife, prepper, survivalist, avid gamer, incessant reader, nourishing traditional whole foods eatin', metalcore lovin', unapologetic christian foundation cannot be moved, poetical, slightly eccentric "think outside the box" opinionated woman living in the backwoods mountains of southeastern West Virginia