Lacey's Garden – Getting Started Early In Your Garden

Note: I posted this late so it’s not Lacey’s fault – J.

February 9, 2009

Now that I have done everything I can to prep the soil, it is ‘sit and wait’ time.  This is the hardest part for me especially when the weather is pretty like it has been the last few days.  I want to start planting NOW!  But I know I cannot.  There is always a last hurrah thrown at us by winter.  Last year there were frosts at the end of April.  I think I planted tomatoes three times.

There are a few things I can do now.  I have planted an heirloom broccoli seed called ‘Romanesco’ in some cardboard egg cartons I saved for this purpose, so they will be ready for transplanting in March.  Normally I would get my plants from Parks Brothers but they are not carrying heirloom broccoli yet.  Speaking of heirlooms, Parks Brothers has a nice selection of heirloom tomatoes this year and I plan on getting all of my tomatoes from Parks Brothers. Though, I am ordering heirloom cherry tomato seeds from a member of the Seed Savers Exchange which I will save for next year.  (I want to germinate the seeds in the greenhouses so that the plants will be good for transplanting.)

If you have not ever thought about heirloom vegetables give it some thought, heirloom seeds are quickly disappearing from many seed catalogs and seed companies as the focus moves to commercial farming.  Seed companies cannot afford to sell varieties that are purchased in limited quantities by backyard gardeners, so they offer us the same things you see at your local grocery store – vegetables that have been bred for shipping and storage instead of taste and nutrition.  I have begun to save seeds from my heirloom flowers and plan on trying to save seeds from the vegetables I grow this year.  We will just have to see how that goes.