Garden Phase II: Seed Starting

We like to grow our plants from seed.  It’s just so much more fun that way, I think.  More work, for sure. But I love knowing that this tiny little seed I planted will turn out to be the most wonderful, delicious, fresh vegetable later.  I imagine it is somewhat like the feeling of having a baby.  You planted something and grew it.  Not exactly the same I know, but I’m not a baby person.  Anyway…. I digress.

You can also get so much more variety in your plants when you start from seed.  For instance, we are growing purple, white and yellow tomatoes, carrots and bell peppers, along with the standard red, green and orange .  No way could you get that at Lowes.

We planted our first seeds last weekend.  Here is what we started:

  • Cherry Tomatoes – Yellow pear, old ivory egg, snow white, aunt ruby yellow, black cherry, sugar snack, green grape.
  • Regular Tomatoes – Green zebra, purple smudge, yellow 1884, Cherokee purple, Arkansas traveler, Wisconsin 55
  • Sweet Bell Peppers – Green, red, yellow, Carnival Blend (mixture of purple, white, yellow & red)
  • Hot Peppers – Pepper chili, Serrano
  • Lettuce – red velvet, green leaf, romaine, pok choi, spinach, purple cabbage
  • Herbs – Chives, cilantro, purple basil, tarragon, dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil
  • Onions – red, yellow
  • Other:  Brussels sprouts

We also put carrots and beets outside last weekend. They can be started earlier because they are root vegetables.  We have round Tonga di Pargi carrots, baby carrots and a carnival blend (purple, white and yellow).

It is important to me to have a wide range of vegetables, especially those you cannot easily get at the store, and the more purple the better.  We have purple carrots, tomatoes, beans, basil and sage.  I love purple veggies and herbs!

The rest of our veggies will be started outside once it warms up.  Those include:

  • Beans – Color Trio (purple, yellow, green) and black
  • Peas – snow and sugar snap
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Butternut Squash

We also have herbs that are coming back from last year:

  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Dill (we think and hope)

As you can see, we are just a tiny bit garden crazy.  But once we have all these fresh veggies and herbs, you are going to be jealous.  Trust me, I know.

Some pics of the seed starting process:

 

Seed packets.  I love the artwork on these packs, which is why I buy from this company (Botanical Interests).

Tomato seeds that we saved from previous years.

The seed starting contraption my hubs built.  He is so crafty.  The seeds need to have warm soil to germinate and lots of light once they do.  We practically have a seed resort.

Flats of seeds, labeled and ready to go.

Planting carrots and beets in the garden. The hubs is particular about his measurements and spacing.

I would love to hear your seed starting or gardening tales. Happy gardening!

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