Seeds!

Here’s a quick Sunday surprise for you all – SEEDS!

That’s the big thing happening in my garden right now. With spring slowly approaching here in the southwest, it’s time to get crops ready, because before ya know it, it’ll be summer.
So what’s the happs, you ask? I’m planting another wave of lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, beets and carrots.

Goodies from my favorites - Renee's Garden & Botanical Interest.

Goodies from my 2 favorites – Renee’s Garden & Botanical Interest.

This is the perfect time too for starting leafy greens because of the new moon tonight. (What? You don’t know about lunar planting?)

I always use a few different methods when starting my seeds; directly into the ground, in my greenhouse, in recycled 6packs from the nursery, even in re-purposed paper towel rolls.  For experimental purposes mostly, but also, certain seeds respond differently to various methods.

Choi and lettuce packed nicely in rows.

Choi and lettuce packed nicely in rows.

Kale seeds sown wild throughout the garden soil.

Kale seeds sown wild throughout the garden soil.

Lettuce and chard started in my little greenhouse.

Lettuce and chard started in my little greenhouse.

And I always make sure to note the seeds as I plant them. (Don’t come back later to do this – you’ll forget what’s what and where! The wind is good at ‘helping’ with that.)

Using the backside of geranium plant tags as my seed labels.

Using the backside of geranium plant tags as my seed labels.

And for you folks on the freezing east coast braving the snow storms, don’t feel too discouraged. You can try staring seeds indoors using grow lights.

Indoor grow light system for starting seedlings.

Indoor grow light system for starting seedlings.

I even do this here in the temperate southwest to often get a head start on the season. I can also control the conditions to keep specialty seeds happy for sprouting.

So don’t delay.  Get out – or in – there and start getting those fingers dirty!

About Vynnie McDaniels

Better Living Through Gardening
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2 Responses to Seeds!

  1. Karen – I get my seeds in Phoenix at SouthwestGardener.com (Thomas/15Ave SEC) or at BakerNurseryAz.com (40St at Osborn). I primarily use Renee’s Garden and Botanical interest, unless I see something curious to try (Seeds of Change, Organic MarthaStewart, etc).
    I grow my carrots in 6packs, 4″pots, starter bed, and in ground. Always chasing the success whatever form it takes. I’m taking better notes this year. They all work, depending on the time of year, weather anomalies, and my (often inconsistent) care practices. In ground is still best; i thnk it’s the automated watering and fine mulch. We’ll have to swap stories at the end of the season.

  2. Karen Joy says:

    Have you had good success with broccoli here in the Valley before?? I haven’t. They’re always overrun with aphids before they’re fully mature, even with ladybug releases and various botanicals that deter aphids and/or attract their predators and soap sprays, and just about everything else I can think of (non-chemical) to kill aphids and/or keep them away. 😦

    I’m growing those same carrots. And did you really start them in the six-pack as pictured?? I didn’t think that worked for carrots.

    And where do you purchase your Renee’s Garden seeds? I love seed catalogs and online perusing but I try to purchase locally. Botanical Interests is my fave seed company, and I purchase their seeds at Summer Winds in Glendale.

    Also… in my latest blog post, you can win Botanical Interests seeds. 🙂 No pressure.

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