Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Yeah! It's time to start my seeds!

Just when I thought the winter blahs couldn't get any worse I realized it was time to start my seeds!  One of my favorite winter activities!  A few weeks ago I finally organized my collection of seeds.  They have a special little shelf in the fridge.  Usually I harvest a few seeds from my garden in the summer - mostly from plants that easily reseed.  I like the idea of collecting seeds and it is fun to spread some of the extras into new parts of my garden.  This year I had a few baggies filled with various seeds (after letting them dry in paper bags of course) - poppies, delphinium, tagetes, columbine.  Last year I had wanted to make little seed packets and organize my seeds, but I never got around to it, so this year I decided to make sure I found the time to do it.  I found a website with some cute (free) templates to print out.  You can find the link here
Don't you think my seeds look so happy in their new homes!  So pretty!
As part of the seed organizing I also made my seed starting list.  I included all of the seeds I have this year and an approximate date for when I want to start them as well as if I'll start them inside or outside.  I have a feeling that summer will be rather late this year, so I pushed back some of my dates.  It can get really annoying having so many plants ready to go outside and still have freezing temperatures at night.  I'd also like to try some winter sowing of some of the varieties - I'll let you know how it goes.
So here is a list of my plans for this year (organized by seed starting date):

Feb. 24
  • Pyrethrum - Giant Robinson Mix
  • Armeria - Morning Star Rose
  • Delphinium - Belladonna Mix
  • Primula Denticulata (Drumstick Primrose) - Ruby
Mar. 15
  • verbena bonariensis- Finesse - winter sow
  • nicotiana - Only the Lonely - winter sow
  • impatiens - Xtreme White
  • lobelia - Riviera Marine
April 1
  • gomprena - QIS Purple - winter sow
  • tagetes - Lemon Gem - winter sow
  • coleus - Sonatina Gold
April 15
  • sweet pea - Ocean Foam
May 7 or 15 (depending on the likelihood of summer)
  • zucchini - Golden Dawn III Hybrid
  • corn - Honey Select
  • morning glory - President Tyler
  • pumpkin - Small Sugar
May 15 - Outside
  • peas - Laxton's Progress
May 24- Outside
  • sunflowers - various
  • poppies - various
June 1 - Outside
  • carrots - Nantes Express
  • beets - Detroit Dark Red
  • beans - Scarlett Runner
  • dill
  • cucumber - Muncher
Of course there are just a few more that I'd like to get, but I may have to wait until next year.  This will be the first year that I've tried to grow cucumbers, but the kids and I are very excited to make our homemade dill pickles again this year!


Calgary Garden Coach said...

Love those seed packets! Looks like you are organized and ready to go! Thank goodness for seed starting to make us feel like we're gardening at this time of year!

Nicole said...

Those seed packets are sooooo cute! I love it. I am going to try a pumpkin plant this year - I know that there is no way I will get an actual pumpkin, but my boys really want to try to grow the plant. So it will be fun!

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