planting the seed!

March 23, 2010 at 8:08 am 6 comments

If you’ve been following my drivel, you know I’ve mentioned thumbing through seed catalogs and planning a couple raised bed vegetable gardens this year. I spent more than a few hours this winter perusing catalogs with coffee in hand, pondering what interesting veggies I might grow from seed. All the while thinking that I’d have the seeds ordered and in hand by the end of March. So it hit me yesterday that it was already the end of March and I hadn’t even placed my order yet. Well well well. It’s the thought that counts? As it turns out, this philosophy will only get one Mamma so far.

It was time to stop thinking, wishing and hoping. Act already! Truth be told, I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of organic heirloom tomato possibilities and just needed to settle on a couple packets of seeds. But which ones? It was like going down the cereal aisle at a big grocery store. Too many choices!

48, sunny, and a desire to dig in the dirt pushed me to load up my little birdie and head to Target. Because when you think of gardening, you think of Target, right?! The last time I was there I noticed a good selection of seeds and I just HAD to get a few other things so there I found myself. Thankfully, Target and Burpee made the decision for me and only had organic Brandywine tomato seeds. I’m not a huge believer in fate, but this was possibly just meant to be. I also picked up a packet of organic cherry tomatoes called Sweeties. How cute is that? A packet of organic Chinese Giant peppers also jumped out at me. For instant gratification, I grabbed a packet of microgreens. In two weeks, we’ll apparently have something edible to snip off and munch on so I couldn’t resist. I also got some biodegradable seed-starting cells and I was on my way!

Side note: while I was shopping, Wren was playing with her kazoo in the cart and flirting with other shoppers. Have you ever seen a baby play a kazoo? It’s pretty damn funny.

I couldn’t wait to get home and get planting! Wren decided she didn’t want to be around when I was flinging potting soil every which way so she took a nap. Perfect timing!

Here are a few pics. Enjoy!

My hope in this seedling experiment is of the guarded sort because I’m not sure we have enough heat and light in the sun room, but it’s worth a shot! I’ll keep you posted on what happens this spring. Even though I check on them every hour or so, no shoots yet. Shoot.

So what about that fancy seed order? Well, I still want to place one for other fun stuff I’ll start from seed after Memorial Day. Spinach, beets, sugar snap peas, mache, carrots, basil, zinnia, bells of ireland, oh my! I will try to restrain myself because I want it to be an enjoyable summer and with a mobile toddler, I’m not sure how much garden maintenance I’m actually going to be doing… thankfully it’s still light out at 10 p.m. when I’ll probably be doing most of the weeding. With a cold beer in the other hand.

What about you, dear readers? What garden plans do you have this year? Will you be planting a “Victory Garden” too? Tell me about it!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mutti  |  March 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Whenever I’ve planted seeds indoors, I’ve covered the planters with clear saran wrap or other clear plastic wrap – it keeps both the moisture and the heat in from whatever sun you get. Once they take hold and start pushing on the wrap you can either remove it, or tent it. It does work, tho.

    • 2. besquirrely  |  March 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

      GREAT idea. I will do that! A mini-greenhouse. Love!

  • 3. Doreen  |  March 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    hi ash! i loved reading about your garden… we’ve had success with cherokee purples, brandywines, german johnsons, and the usual other regular (non-heirloom) varieties. If you want some seeds, I can mail you some. This year we are trying black prince (it’s like a paul robeson variety, and the other ones from last year too. Peter likes the smoky flavor of the dark heirloom tomatoes. I’ve planted some of my seeds (eggplant, hot peppers, tomatoes) but it’s been a crazy last several weeks, so i’m quite behind. it’ll be fun swapping garden (and baby) stories this summer 😉 Doreen

    • 4. Susan  |  March 25, 2010 at 5:33 am

      I’d love to see pics of your garden this summer, Doreen. Sounds dreamy!

  • 5. Holy tomatoes, Batman! « squirrels in wren's nest  |  April 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    […] tomatoes, Batman! By Ashlea I’m simply amazed. Almost a month ago, I planted heirloom tomato seeds with a (very) liberal, healthy dose of GUARDED hope that they would actually sprout. Well, they did […]

  • 6. Toleson Franks  |  May 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I have heard that this is a very good diet to use for maintanance.


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