Time to plant those seeds for this year’s garden

Cucumber, purple and yellow beans waiting to be pressed into peat pellets.

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about cleaning out my gardens for the season, and here I am planting again!

This year I wanted to get the seeds planted earlier. Last year I planted everything in peat pellets and put them in the windows to eat up the natural sunlight. I found this worked very well for most seeds, but not for the lettuce. It got too tall and skinny (leggy) then fell over every time, so I gave up and bought it from the nursery. I will try lettuce again but give it more light.

I still remember how beautiful my red peppers looked on the bush in September and how annoyed I felt that so many were still small and green and never would have the chance to ripen on the plant. They just needed one more month!

I have a new trick up my sleeve to extend my growing season. My grandfather so generously gave me his Floralight indoor light garden because he no longer owns property and has no use for it anymore. He has had this contraption for years and I have always eyed it with envy. I feel like I have moved up to expert gardener just from having it in my house.

Trying out a new brand of seed - West Coast Seeds. Untreated for organic growing and non-GMO.
Trying out a new brand of seed – West Coast Seeds. Untreated for organic growing and non-GMO. Corn, beets, and cucumbers for pickles!

I want to grow a few new things this year so I ordered the seeds in October last year. I was worried if I ordered them in March that they would sit freezing in my mailbox and it would compromise the seed. I am trying a Canadian company called West Coast Seeds. I ordered beets, corn, and cucumbers from them. They are untreated seeds for organic growing and non-GMO. Worth a try!

I planted the tomatoes and peppers a few weeks ago. It seemed strange to plant seeds with so much snow outside still. I was super pumped to plant the tomato and pepper seeds because I dried them from my own plants last fall.  I also dried cantaloupe and a variety of pumpkin seeds (the pumpkins were bought for my class, and I kept some seeds when the kids were gutting them) but those will get planted later. Every tomato seed sprouted! I am still waiting for all the yellow pepper seeds, and about half the red peppers have sprouted now. I was able to transplant most of the tomato plants to a larger pots already.

Baby tomatoes growing under the grow lights. Hard to believe these tiny things will hold such huge fruit in a couple of months.
Baby tomatoes growing under the grow lights. Hard to believe these tiny things will hold such huge fruit in a couple of months.
First sprouts of the season! Cherry and Beefmaster tomatoes after being moved to their own pots.
First sprouts of the season! Beefmaster tomatoes after being moved to their own pots.

I planted my seeds on April 10th last year and it was enough time for everything but the peppers and tomatoes. I didn’t get as many cantaloupes as I had hoped but I don’t know if more time would have changed that as no new ones were emerging on the vine.

It’s April 14th today. Good Friday…also known as a good Friday to plant the rest of the seeds! Only 6 weeks until I plant them outdoors. The snow is finally all gone and it is 18 degrees today. The garden boxes look great, but they will need a bit of an adjustment as the frost pushed them up and displaced some soil.

Today I planted green beans, yellow beans, purple beans, cucumber, cantaloupe, buttercrunch lettuce, Romaine lettuce, Salad Bowl lettuce, and Peaches and Cream corn.

Cucumber, purple and yellow beans waiting to be pressed into peat pellets.
Cucumber, purple and yellow beans waiting to be pressed into peat pellets.
A variety of seeds are now pushed into peat pellets. Next time I see them they will have transformed!
A variety of seeds are now pushed into peat pellets. Next time I see them they will have transformed!
Romaine, Buttercrunch, and Salad Bowl lettuce seeds waiting to be pressed into peat pellets.
Romaine, Buttercrunch, and Salad Bowl lettuce seeds waiting to be pressed into peat pellets.
Peaches and cream corn kernels before being pushed into the soil.
Peaches and Cream corn kernels before being pushed into the soil.

I will post an update once these sprout!

All I have left to plant is peas and beets, but those seeds will go right into the garden soil.

What are you growing this year?

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