My outdoor seed starting headquarters
The 2006 gardening season has officially begun!
Yesterday I about froze my fingertips off while starting two dozen different types of seeds on my handy dandy outdoor potting bench. So what did I plant? All heirlooms, of course, including many seeds that I saved from last year's garden.
Ten varieties of tomatoes, two kinds of peppers, eight different lettuces, green & purple sprouting broccoli, giant Italian parsley, and some very old purple cauliflower seeds just for the heck of it (and because I can't bear to throw away old seeds).
It's a mere 10 degrees outside this morning. The containers of pepper and tomato seeds are happily curled up next to the wood stove in the living room. Everything else is in the unheated greenhouse. But the sun is out, so they should begin defrosting soon. It's certainly not summer, but I now feel so much closer to a basket full of luscious homegrown tomatoes. I can wait.
There are lots more seeds to be started (and ordered!), and I'll be writing about the goings on in my garden as the season progresses (Update: I now have a kitchen garden blog!).
Are you planting an edible garden this year? Why on earth not? Even a few potted herbs on a windowsill will bring you great joy and a wonderfully delicious sense of fulfillment. So what are you waiting for? Let's get growing!
For some seed starting tips, please see the comments section of this post.
If you only buy one gardening book, I highly recommend The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, especially if you're a beginning gardener.