Spring is almost here and I am so happy about that. That means it’s time to get started on the garden. One of the 1st things to do is to get my seeds started. Some I am starting inside, which you can see below, and some I will wait to direct sow outside, like the peas which I hope to start this week (hope to share some pictures of the pea trellises that I will be making).
For the garden, I only use seeds from small independent companies who are committed to sustainability. Here’s a good list of seed companies…I’ve ordered seeds from High Mowing Seeds (the company I have used the most), Seeds of Change & Seed Savers. Seeds Savers is a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds, so I’m really excited to be ordering from them for the 1st time this year.
Why is it so important to order from the smaller independent companies? Well, for one they offer organic seeds. They also realize that diversity is important & that agricultural mono-cultures should not be promoted. They also encourage seed saving, when possible, instead of trying to prosecute those who do it. They offer Heirloom varieties, which is awesome, because who wants to eat the same kind of tomato all the time? They also do not genetically modify their seed, so that it can only be grown by being sprayed with a pesticide, that they also just happen to sell. Okay, that’s enough of being up on my soapbox. Just some food for thought for all of you growing plants this year.
Anyway, here’s a list of what I am planning on growing over the spring & summer.
|Kale||Red onions||Bunny Tails|
|Yellow Bandywine Tomato||Cucumbers||Marigolds|
|Spinach||Enaglish Peas||Moss Rose|
|Yellow Perfection Tomato||Flowers||Star of the Veld|
|Cherokee Purple Tomato||Zinnias||Herbs|
|Pruden’s Purple Tomato||Black-Eyed Susans||Dill|
|Little Finger Eggplant||Calendula||Basil|
|Jericho Romaine||Nasturtium||Italian Parsley|
My muddy gardening boots after an afternoon of working on expanding the garden. Last year was our 1st year of vegetable gardening, it went so well that we decided to double the garden this year. Plus, we will be growing tomatoes & herbs in pots on the deck, so there will be a lot of growing going on! That’s also not to mention the flower beds in the front of the house, which I plan on making a haven for the bees and butterflies.