Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Seeds in the Dirt

We are a long way from putting anything in the ground outside here. A big snow storm could still be part of our future. Sad, but its reality up here. We usually get plants and/or seeds into the garden around mid-May. Yes, we have to keep ourselves from coveting when we hear from all of you gardeners who have been eating tomatoes for weeks when we are just getting started. Garden envy is an ugly thing.

Despite these chilly thoughts, we still put seeds in dirt here this week! Sweet Pepper seeds went into potting soil and were put into a little plastic "greenhouse." They are currently sitting on a heating mat and residing in our basement.

These peppers are new for us this year. I saw them in the seed catalog and my mouth started watering. Farmer Ron is a good man and indulged me by adding them to our order. These peppers are a bit pickier than most of the things we grow. They need warm soil and a LONG growing season, thus the early start date and the heating mat. We'll see how it all turns out.

Every year we plant the basic, work horses of the garden - tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, green peppers - but we also try a couple of new things. Surprisingly, lots of the yearly experiments have become favorites - eggplant, sugar snap peas, swiss chard, kale. The variety makes it all the more exciting! (Yes, I just used the word "exciting" while talking about gardening. I would not have believed that I could use those two words together in a sentence 20 years ago.)

So, now we wait for the seeds to do their thing and watch closely for their little green heads to pop up. Spring is here 'cause the seeds are in the dirt!

Sorry for the poor photo. Those are all of the seed packets that came in our order from Seed Savers. Aren't they pretty? Did I just use the words "pretty" and "seed packets" in the same two sentences....

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