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10 weeks from planting day!

SEED TIME! I’ve been waiting for March 5th like a child waits for Christmas.  My father and I placed our large shared order from Johnny’s back in January and I’ve been staring at the packets longingly ever since they arrived.

my little packets of hope

I have since planned my garden out in detail and purchased soil.  I even scrubbed my seed trays out and cleaned out my little indoor greenhouse.  All this prep and finally, this weekend I got to get down and dirty with my first batch!

I’ve also noticed some other bloggers gearing up for the big event and even getting started.  A recent blog I came across: Vegan Activist already has nearly all of her seeds sprouted!  You Grow Girl (one of my favorite gardening blogs) is also ready for spring and recently directed readers to her archives, where you can find great info about starting seeds (click here).  Since I’m in New England, I’ve chosen May 14th as my official planting day, so I’m working backwards against that date.  I wrote reminder cards out to ensure I start my seeds on time with a wee bit of padding in the event I have some lazy seeds on my hands. Further–and call me a nut, it is OK–I even plugged the dates into my calendar to make sure I don’t make too many plans on the weekends I have designated as seeding time.   Even though there is still snow on the ground, green is in the air (and on the mind) and planting day is a mere 10 weeks away.  My celery root, rosemary, and lavender need this much time to get themselves germinated and settled before braving the outdoors.

1st reminder--10 weeks left until planting day. I keep this card on my fridge as a reminder.

I’m sure people that aren’t really into gardening wonder why on earth plant enthusiasts get so excited about planting seeds?  I mean, herbs, carrots, tomatoes, and many other plants can be purchased at garden stores when May rolls around.  Why go through the trouble of dealing with seeds?  I can’t answer for everyone, but I know that besides just being in my blood, there are so many benefits to starting veggies from seed.  First, you get to pick your variety.  For example, I was able to choose a blight resistant tomato seed this year instead of being forced to pick one of the available varieties at Mahoney’s.  Also, I know exactly what my little babies are fed right from the start.  When you buy a pepper plant from Home Depot, you don’t know what it grew in, what nasty chemical fertilizer were used to feed it, or what pesticides were sprayed all over its little leaves.  Aside from the logical reasons, there is an emotional thing about creating your harvest literally from seed.  You are the plant parent and incredibly invested in how it turns out.  The sense of pride when you harvest a vegetable that you grew from seed is indescribable.

now I just have to hope for germination!

7 Comments

  1. So excited for you! Good luck to your little lavenders, rosemaries, and celery roots!! What do you mean by ‘little indoor greenhouse’?

    People that aren’t really into gardening aren’t … aren’t my type of people anymore! If you don’t care about plants in any capacity, well, I guess we’re just too different. 🙂

    I have to correct you on one thing though, I’m FAR from having ‘nearly all’ of my seeds planted! I have a huge variety of seed ordered & organized into planting categories. Many of them will be started April 1 (two months from the last expected frost around here). Others will be direct seeded. I’m planning Roma tomatoes, bush beans, climbing beans, red flour corn, carrots, quinoa, amaranth, kale, strawberry spinach, cut flowers, nasturtium… I could bore you with a complete list, but I think I’d better not. Gardening geekery should have its limits, I suppose. 😉

    Looking forward to hearing about your germination for the coming growing season… nice to make the connection with another excited gardener!!

    • Oh I am so sorry! I know some people give it a go all at once. I wanted to give a little “shout out” to you as my fellow gardener and animal lover. I can’t believe you are planting quinoa! I never thought of that and I think that is amazing. I still have hope for both of us in regards to lavender. Your fellow garden geek (and darn proud of it) – Cara

      • Oh, I didn’t notice until now that you had replied! Sorry. So my lavender has its first true leaves – hurrah! Tiny little peeps so far but they seem to be alive and moving forward.

        Quinoa – we’ll see how it goes! I’m trying lots of new types of plants and just hope I get a decent number of them to produce food! But I’m very attracted to the idea of growing grains at home. It makes good sense. I almost tried to grow wheat this year but decided to put that on the back burner for now. I don’t want to try too many new things and burn out trying to take care of all of them.

        Oh and thanks for the description of the greenhouse. Was it a store-bought thing or something you made? Photos would be great, for sure.

    • I forgot to mention the indoor greenhouse. So it is quite literally a few shelves with a thick plastic around it that zips up. It keeps the warmth and humidity in. We also attached lights to boards and placed them above each shelf. I have to be mindful of airing it out or using a fan. I fear mildew in the worst way. I will take a picture sometime soon so you can see what it looks like.

  2. I’m planting some rosemarys and lavenders this weekend as well as some sage plants which sadly didn’t make our rather harsh winter here in england.
    I’m just guessing that you mean celariac by celery roots but i’m sure you would tell me if i’m worng!
    I am like you having placed two huge orders with two different organic seed companies totaling nearly £120, but if plans go right it may be the last time
    Hope everything goes well and look forward to see all the other plantings coming this season

    • Yes indeed! Celeriac it is according to the seed packet but of course I am thinking in grocery store terminology. Thank you for reading my post and I also look forward to reading your lovely blog regularly. From one gardener to another-good luck!

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