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photos are not so current but it is a start! These are all in a second story window south facing. this window seems good for every thing except lettuce. Lettuce needs a grow light I think – all of mine is super leggy. This year I taped off sections of the trays and broadcast the seeds versus doing rows with markers indicating what it was. My tomatoes were mixed up last year and it was frustrating so I am hoping this method works better. I used a lot of year old seeds and it was interesting to see the difference in what has come up. 2010 Basil seeds – tons came up – 2009 about half as many. Generally it seems half as many up to two thirds as many came up. This is what I had been told so that worked for me!

My Sweet Peas are about 7 to 8 inches high and sending out vines to attach – so I need to get them outside. Too bad this is a wet and windy week. Everything else is so big and has multiple sets of leaves that I need to transplant all to bigger containers.

For the outside bed – I added Dr. Earth organic fertilizer from Sky Nursery to the bed and turned it under into the dirt. I have also added espresso grounds that I save all winter from my husband. A friend gave me extra row cover. It is pretty thin so I doubled it up and put it over everything outside.

I soaked all my beets, chard and sugar snap peas in water before planting outside. This is new for me so I will see if it will help. I am hoping. Three kinds of carrots are planted. I found one more kind – purple! and it will go in this week.

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So my daughter was out with me in the garden. She was bored and I told her to dig and find worms. She loves loves loves worms so she happily collected a pile on top of an empty milk jug. They (of course) kept sliding off – she was so frustrated as she was digging them the best hole! she said. I told her to cover them with dirt till she was ready for them. She then decided to carefully smooth out all the dirt. Then she created “beds” for each of them, laid them on their “beds”, covered them up with dirt. She was so proud. She loves worms and I love that there seem to be so many in my dirt this year!

Lots of seeds planted outside in the last few days which is great because tomorrow is supposed to be 67 and sunny. I am covering most things with two layers of row cover. List of things planted soon.

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I saw this years ago and could never find again – just did – so posting here so I do not lose it!

you can (apparently) maintain your regular tools for years in the following manner, written about by John Seymour in his book “The New Self-Sufficient Gardener:”

1.) Scrape the dirt off your shovels/forks/etc when you are going to put them away
2.) Keep a bucket full of sand mixed with oil (he suggests recycling used motor oil), deep enough to fully insert the head of your garden tool, inside your garden shed. ***can replace with vegetable oil which is better!!!
3.) When the dirt is mostly scraped off your tool, submerse it a few times in the sand. It is cleaned and oiled in fell swoop, insuring a rust-free tool

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Really enjoying this blog – Diggin Food – at the bottom of this page there is a photo of lettuce – click and you get a very helpful pdf on succession lettuce planting. Yum is all I can say.

Also if you are crazy about peppers like we are – this article was great on growing and cooking, freezing peppers.

Yep – I am totally back into garden fever over here and doing tons of research and reading to prep for this year.

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Updated on 3/29

So while reading another garden blog today I was impressed by her organization of the seeds she planted – Urban Hennery. So I realized it would be easy to list what I planted and when the seeds are from. I am later than I wanted to start seeds but two weeks earlier than last year! So that is a start. I am using a lot of seed packets from last year. They say you get less starts from seeds that are older but I have had a few gardeners tell me I will still get plenty. That way I did not have to buy too many more seeds. Wish I could find serrano pepper seeds but will just have to buy them as starts. I had wanted to order my seeds from catalogs so I would have more choice but again – another year! I am happy I have gotten this much done with how hectic our life has been. The kid shelped me seed all the lettuce and kale. This week I will fill clear plastic cups with dirt and let them seed whatever they want and put them in the window of their playroom so they can watch the seeds grow. Always their favorite thing. My daughter was especially excited about planting beets again – she says they are her favorite vegetable. My oldest son says lettuce is his fav. The youngest loves our carrots.

I planted all my seeds on 3/10 and 3/11 – I have a few more peppers and my basil to start. They are all in black flats with lids.

Sweet Peas Spencer Supreme entire packet ( Valley Greene 2009)

Organic Siskiyou Sweet Onion Heirloom entire packet (Seeds of Change 2009)

Organic Garden Sage Heirloom half packet (Seeds of Change 2009)

Organic Broccoli Raab half packet (Seeds of Change 2009)

Organic Di Cicco Broccoli Heirloom half packet (Seeds of Change 2009)

Wild Garden Kales quarter packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Marketmore Cucumber quarter packet (Botanical Interests 2009)

Japanese Soyu Burpless Cucumber (Botanical Interests 2010) Planted on 3/14

Organic Ruby Orach Mountain Spinach heirloom third packet (Seeds of Change 2010) Planted on 3/14

Organic Samish Hybrid Spinach third packet – outside direct seed (Abundant Life 2010) Planted on 3/16

Organic Samish Hybrid Spinach third packet – outside direct seed (Abundant Life 2010) Planted on 3/16

Organic Swiss Chard 5 colored silver beet third packet – outside direct seed (Abundant Life 2010) Planted on 3/16

Organic Vates Collards third packet – outside direct seed (Seeds of Change 2009) Planted on 3/16

Super Sugar Snap Peas half packet – outside direct seed in two rows, soaked for two hours then covered in Bioscience Inoculant – (Territorial Seed 2010) Planted on 3/16

Organic Falltime Leek half packet – one row direct seed outside (Seeds of Change 2009)

Basils – Planted on 3/14

Organic Sweet Basil third packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Mammoth Sweet Basil third packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Profuno di Genova Basil third packet (Renee’s Garden 2009)

Organic Sacred Basil third packet (Irish Eyes Garden 2010)

Lettuces

Organic Emerald Oak Lettuce quarter packet (Seeds of Change 2009)

London Springs Lettuce Mix quarter packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Baby Mesclun Lettuce quarter packet (Renee’s Garden 2009)

Deer Tongue Lettuce quarter packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Lettuce Mix Starts from PCC planted outside on 3/25

Tomatoes

Organic Black Cherry Tomato third of a packet (Abundant Life 2010)

Organic Gill’s All Purpose Tomato third of a packet (Abundant Life 2010)

Organic Purple Calabash Tomato half a packet (Territorial Seed 2009) * one of my favs from 09

Orange Oxheart Heirloom Tomato half a packet (Territorial Seed 2009)* one of my favs from 09

Northern Delight 2in Tomato half a packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Gold Nugget Cherry Tomato half a packet (Territorial Seed 2009)

Organic Chadwick Cherry Tomato half a packet (Seeds of Change 2009)* one of my favs from 09

Organic Thessaloniki Tomato half a packet (Seeds of Change 2009)

Organic Tomatillo Verde half a packet (Seeds of Change 2009) my husband’s favorite by far in 09

Black Krim Pole Tomato half a packet (Botanical Interests 2009)

Peppers so far –

Ancho Magnifico Hybrid Pepper third of a packet (Territorial Seed 2010)

Sierra Fuego Jalapeno Pepper a few seeds left (Renee’s Garden 2009) this and the next two came in a mixed packet last year – I planted without knowing what was what. This year I know!

San Luis Ancho Pepper a few seeds left (Renee’s Garden 2009)

Joe Parker New Mex Pepper a third (Renee’s Garden 2009)

Orange Fogo Thai Chili Pepper a few seeds left (Renee’s Garden 2009)

Red Demon Chili Pepper a few seeds left (Renee’s Garden 2009)

Spanish Padron Tapas Pepper whole packet(Renee’s Garden 2010)

Mini Snack Baby Belle Pepper whole packet(Renee’s Garden 2010)

Organic Early Jalapeno half packet (Abundant Life 2010) Planted on 3/14

Organic Anaheim Pepper third packet (Irish Eyes Garden 2010) planted on 3/26

Beets

Organic Bull’s Blood Beets half packet outside direct seed (Territorial Seed 2009) planted 3/16

Gourmet Golden Beets half packet outside direct seed (Renee’s Garden 2010) planted 3/16

Chiogga Beets half packet outside direct seed (Ed Hume 2010) planted 3/16

Carrots

Yellow and Orange Sunshine Mix Carrots  half packet outside direct seed (Renee’s Garden 2009) planted 3/16

French Baby Babette Carrots  half packet outside direct seed (Renee’s Garden 2009) planted 3/16

Organic Scarlet Nantes Carrots  half packet outside direct seed (from WS edible garden fair 2009) planted 3/16

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