I’m so excited to be starting seeds again! After a winter that seemed to last F-O-R-E-V-E-R, I am overjoyed to have my hands back in the dirt. I could buy starter plants from a local garden center, but growing from seed feels so good to my soul. The joy of seeing sprouts pop through the soil and the daily nurturing required to keep them healthy creates a bond between plant and gardener that is indescribable. I’m kicking off my seed starting season this week with a variety of flowers seeds. Here’s my starting line-up:
|Zinnia||Lilliput Mixed Colors|
|Zinnia||Giant Double, Mixed Colors|
|Nasturtium||Jewel, Mixed Colors|
|Aster||Pastel Color Mix|
|Calendula (Pot Marigold)||–|
|Calendula (Pot Marigold)||Zeolights|
|Calendula (Pot Marigold)||Pacific Beauty Blend|
|Sunflower||Mammoth Grey Stripe|
|Sunflower||Girasol (mixed colors)|
|Sunflower||Autumn Beauty Mix|
|Sunflower||Strawberry Blonde Hybrid|
Why do you start plants from seed? What seeds are you starting right now?
Have you ever dragged your feet on doing something even though it was extremely simple to do? Something that you knew would be easy to tackle, would require little effort and afterwards you would be so glad you did it? Well, that is my story when it comes to growing microgreens. Unopened seed packs have been sitting on my kitchen counter for months. Then one day, out of the blue – I stopped planning and started planting.
This part two of a post I wrote in mid-July about testing the Red Racer Tomato in my home garden. You can read the full post here.
Now, I’m back to share the scoop on how well this All-American Selections (AAS) winner performed for me.
Collard greens were always a staple in my Grandma Georgia’s garden. We enjoyed many Sunday dinners with her collard greens as a favorite side dish. She doesn’t grow collards anymore, so I feel compelled to plant a few for her in my own garden. This fall I am trying a new collard variety, an easy-growing Southern heirloom from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange called Georgia Green Collards – which couldn’t have a more perfect name!
I currently have a tomato jungle growing in my raised bed garden. Many of the plants are taller than me and have stems full of thick leaves, which makes it nearly impossible to see all the fruit that’s growing. If you know me, then you know I like an organized garden so these unwieldy plants are not fitting into my design plan! But more importantly, densely grown tomato plants are more susceptible to disease and pests. So a bit of careful pruning is definitely needed to make things look more tidy and to keep the plants healthy by increasing light and air flow to all parts of the plant. So where to do I begin? First, let’s discuss why some tomatoes grow out of control while others stay compact and bush-like.