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Any without dates were seeded on 3/10 and 3/11, need to add beans but will update later.

Sweet Peas Spencer Supreme entire packet ( Valley Greene 2009) – did not survive transplanting 😦

Organic Siskiyou Sweet Onion Heirloom entire packet (Seeds of Change 2009) no luck either

Organic Garden Sage Heirloom half packet (Seeds of Change 2009) – about 8 good starts outside as of 5/9

Organic Broccoli Raab half packet (Seeds of Change 2009) – 4 good starts outside as of 5/9 from 3/10 seeding, 5 or 6 starts direct seeded on 4/15 which are doing well – need to thin

Organic Di Cicco Broccoli Heirloom half packet (Seeds of Change 2009) – – 4 good starts outside as of 5/9 from 3/10 seeding, 2 or 3 starts direct seeded on 4/15 which are doing well – need to thin

Wild Garden Kales quarter packet (Territorial Seed 2009) – 5 or 6 great starts outside (planted out on 4/11) doing well outside as of 5/9

Marketmore Cucumber quarter packet (Botanical Interests 2009) got eaten by something

Japanese Soyu Burpless Cucumber (Botanical Interests 2010) Planted on 3/14 killed by chemical dirt

Boothby’s Blonde Cucumber starts from Seattle Tilth planted outside on 5/9 – 4 of them. Put under soda bottle cloches

Cocozelle Bush Zucchini (Seeds of Change 2009) direct seeded on 4/11 – 2 storng starts as of 5/9 Put under soda bottle cloches

Early Summer Yellow Crook Neck Squash starts from Seattle Tilth planted outside on 5/9 – 2 of them. Put under soda bottle cloches

Organic Ruby Orach Mountain Spinach heirloom third packet (Seeds of Change 2010) Planted on 3/14 – 3 doing well, reseeded directly outside around 4/20

Organic Samish Hybrid Spinach third packet – outside direct seed (Abundant Life 2010) Planted on 3/16 – none, reseeded directly outside around 4/20 – some coming up. Burlap open weave cloth over

Rents Due Spinach starts planted on 4/10 – starting to take off now – 5/9

Organic Swiss Chard 5 colored silver beet third packet – outside direct seed (Abundant Life 2010) Planted on 3/16 – doing nicely – have thinned out a few times. Still fairly small mainly because the winter broccoli is shading it.

Organic Vates Collards third packet – outside direct seed (Seeds of Change 2009) Planted on 3/16 – have thinned 5 to 7 starts doing well.

Organic Falltime Leek half packet – one row direct seed outside (Seeds of Change 2009) – have thinned need to thin again 5/9

Lovage start from Seattle Tilth planted on 5/9

French Sorrel start from Seattle Tilth planted on 5/9

Tarragon starts (2 of them) from Seattle Tilth planted on 5/9

4 Marigold starts planted on 5/9

Beans

Peas

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 – the half closer to the dryer vent have done much better. Hope to sow one more row this week of 5/9

Maestro Pea – direct seeded on 4/6

Waverex Pea – direct seeded on 4/6

Basils – Planted on 3/14

Organic Sweet Basil third packet (Territorial Seed 2009) – lost a lot to chemical dirt

Mammoth Sweet Basil third packet (Territorial Seed 2009)lost a lot to chemical dirt

Profuno di Genova Basil third packet (Renee’s Garden 2009)lost a lot to chemical dirt

Organic Sacred Basil third packet (Irish Eyes Garden 2010)lost a lot to chemical dirt, started more on 5/9

Chen Sweet Basil – 1/3 packet (Seeds of Change 2010) – started on 5/9

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) – started more direct seed on 4/11 – transplanted a bunch to different beds on 5/9

Deer Tongue Lettuce quarter packet (Territorial Seed 2009) – started more direct seed on 4/11 – transplanted a bunch to different beds on 5/9

Lettuce Mix Starts from PCC planted outside on 3/25 doing amazing on 5/9 – harvested 3 x times – tons ready to pick now.

Tomatoes

Organic Black Cherry Tomato third of a packet (Abundant Life 2010) – have many starts

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

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) – not many survived chemical dirt

Gold Nugget Cherry Tomato half a packet (Territorial Seed 2009) not many survived chemical dirt

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 – reseeded on 5/9 – previous starts were weak and thin, lost to chemical dirt

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 – none came up – reseeded on 4/25

Chiogga Beets half packet outside direct seed (Ed Hume 2010) planted 3/16 – lots coming up!

Carrots

Yellow and Orange Sunshine Mix Carrots  half packet outside direct seed (Renee’s Garden 2009) planted 3/16 – none came up – reseeded on 4/25

French Baby Babette Carrots  half packet outside direct seed (Renee’s Garden 2009) planted 3/16 – none came up – reseeded on 4/25

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

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Last fall, I bought good size starts at the Tilth fall sale. I planted them late Sept I think and I knew it should have been sooner. They pretty dormant and by early April I had doubts I would get anything. Well, amazingly I have! Since this bed gets shaded by the big tree leaves that just came out, I was not rushed to dig anything up.

Tonight I harvested enough kale and chard for at least 2 dinners for the 5 of us. And spinach and flowering broccoli for one dinner. And the lettuce starts from PCC gave enough for a little salad for each of us.

While we certainly are not getting tons from the garden each week, I have been getting enough greens for one maybe two dinners a week. Not bad!

The garden is taking off and I really need to document with photos. And document on this blog. Mainly I have been documenting planting dates and names on a paper grid I drew of the garden.

I have planted a good variety of peas and all are coming up. Very interesting that the tallest ones are the ones blown on by the dryer vent. Not surprising really! Zucchini is just popping through. Beets are getting ever so bigger. I had to reseed carrots and still not much. Chard and collard starts are looking strong. Spinach starts from PCC look good, spinach starts from me are okay. Seeding spinach in the ground not so much.

My succession lettuce planting is going well. I have lettuce starts in 3 stages. I hope this keeps us eating tons of lettuce! Even with the slugs who chopped down one full size lettuce and 4 half way grown we should still have plenty.

Speaking of slugs – read that spreading coffee grounds is an excellent deterent as they hate caffiene. Added that to the broken egg shells. Here is hoping. Also read that slugs do not like red leaf lettuce. Seems true since they only ate the green ones.

The tomato starts inside are growing fast. I am trying to put them outside in the sun 2 or 3 days a week for at least a few hours. The peppers as well. I did not finish transplanting the peppers into their own 4 in pots until this past weekend.

Still to do – reseed more basil as I lost most to the chemical dirt. Plant purple carrot seeds and cilantro seeds and more lettuce seeds.

The Seattle Tilth has a leftover plant sale ($2 or less) this Friday – I will be going. My tomatillos did not make it through the chemical dirt disaster and I need cukes and squash and maybe some other things!

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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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so I had better get started. i went on a walk with my kids the other day – (an achievement considering my hibernating status this winter) and saw crocuses, daffodils, forsythia blooming as well as camelias too. Hyacinths out of the ground but not blooming yet.

made me realize i need to get busy thinking about seeds and what am i going to plant. overall i think last year was pretty successful. because of the mild winter, my broccolini survived and it is growing again – i sauteed some the other day and it was great. amazing. all my fall things i planted have survived and are starting to grow a bit. Considering I did nothing at all this winter, i am impressed. I had planted more broccoli as well so I see us eating lots of broccoli.

i am getting ready to sort through left over seeds and then start planning out what to plant and where and consider what seeds i still need. i know i want to grow delicata squash this year. i need to learn more about winter squash – my buttercup squash went bad before we could eat them except for the baby one which was tasty. the skin on the little one stayed green and shiny – the skin on the others became matte and subdued. I am guessing the answer lie there.

more posting soon.

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