Seed catalogs have started to roll in. I’ve begun to start my list of spring gardening essentials.
When this happens I begin to see the light at the end of winter’s dark tunnel.
New schemes for flower beds and vegetable gardens highjack my mind for the next few months. I’ve already ordered two dwarf heirloom apple trees from a farm in upstate NY. I can barely wait to drive there to pick them up in April!
I am especially in love with growing zinnias (above). Normally I avoid growing annuals – it’s just too much effort – but saving seeds is so easy and you get stronger plants that have acclimated to your climate. So I started saving seeds a few years back. Yay! Free seeds!
My dining room starts to get messy and crowded in April. Seed pots are scattered about with my makeshift grow light clipped to some furniture. I know it drives my husband insane. It drives me a little insane too – but I love it!
I use this system to start seeds indoors. It manages watering for you – which makes it pretty fool proof.
Instead of leaving my notes and gardening diagrams everywhere, this year I downloaded this simple app – MyGarden Notebook. It’s not fancy, but it’s exactly what you need to track where/what/when for all your plants.
Another simple method for creating seedling pots is to use one of these handy paper pot molds. It’s on my want/need list.
Last year I added 10 grow bags to my collection. They save a tremendous amount of space, allow me to move plants to more sun or shade and protect them from the wind! This year I’m excited to try to growing potatoes in them.
My neighbor’s daughter loved climbing over the fence to our yard to see what was growing in these containers – she especially loved the ground cherries – which she called honey cherries.
Here’s a list of my favorite seed websites:
It won’t be long now before I will start planting early peas, spinach and cool weather beets. The rhubarb should be peeking through soon too. I have plans to divide it this year and give half to a friend. She moved here from Wisconsin- let’s face it – rhubarb is an essential part of life for midwesterners!
Cheers to all the summer gardening days ahead of us!
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