Early Spring – Starting Seeds Indoors!

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While the rest of the country is buried under a mound of snow, Seattle is basking in sunlight. Spring is here! I have been itching to get into the garden and get ready for what I hope is a crazy long growing season.  This year, I am moving my beds around, and turning my entire front yard into a land of raised garden beds-I can’t wait! I’ll likely keep the big bed in the back yard for plants who can’t take all sun, all the time, but look out folks-this year is going to have a ton of produce!

To get a jump on spring, I am starting my seeds indoors a little at a time (I started last week), and my Inchelium garlic is growing like crazy. The seeds-all organic, non-GMO and mostly heirloom are already poking through, and I am feeling pretty good about getting a head start this year 🙂

I used an organic seed starter mix, and dropped a few seeds into it every inch or so, in little planter cups. It’s easy, fun, and you start seeing your seedlings pop up in just a few days!

So, what seeds did I start growing?

Let’s start with the tomatoes!

  • Black Krim
  • Brandywine
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Gold Medal
  • Japanese Trifele Black
  • Juane Flamme
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast
  • Marvel Stripe
  • San Marzano Gigante
  • Siletz
  • Two Color Fiesta tomatillos

Herbs and Flowers:

  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Nasturtium
  • Thyme

The Peppers:

  • California Wonder-sweet pepper
  • Jalepeno
  • Lemon Drop Hot Pepper
  • Maya Red Habenero
  • Pablano

Squash and Melons:

  • Abundant Harvest (this is a seed blend, so a mix of: Black Beauty, Caserta, Coczelle and Golden Straightneck-no clue which is which)
  • Burgess Buttercup winter squash
  • Early Silver Line melon
  • Hearts of Gold melon
  •  Rich Sweetness 132 melon
  • Mexican Sour Gherkins
  • Oka Bizard Island Strain melon
  • Stripetti Squash
  • Tanja Cucumber

The other goodies are:

  • Belstar Hybrid broccoli
  • Derby Day cabbage
  • Marina Sweet lettuce
  • Rodynda Cabbage (mmmm….sauerkraut and Kim chi!!)

Phew…..that’s a lot!  I have other things like beans, beets, peas, radishes and some other flowers that will get directly sown into the grown-I can’t wait!!!!

What’s in your garden this year?

Yours in nature,
Raina

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