Like many of you, I have more seeds than any one person will ever need. To prevent frustration and to maintain my sanity, I have come up with a really simple way to organize my seeds and never miss out on planting them at the right time.
Want to do it? You will need two boxes. The size depends on how much of a seed problem you have. (Most folks can make do with two 4” x 4” boxes, and then folks like me use two refrigerator drawers!) Label one box spring/summer planted and the other fall/early spring planted. Then sort your seeds by the season that they are to be planted in. If you aren’t sure when to plant them either Google it or post it on our Facebook page and I will try to help you.
This system makes it possible to purchase seeds at the moment you learn about them. I don’t know about you, but if I see a plant today that should be planted in the next season, I need to either buy the seed immediately while it is fresh in my mind or forget about it. I will never remember that plant next season. So I purchase and when the seed arrives, I just drop it in the appropriate box–or drawer, in my case! Then when that season comes along, I grab that drawer and right there are all the seeds I am to start.
We are gearing up to start our first seeds of 2014 next week for cold-hardy annual flowers and vegetables. These are the plants that go in the garden up to 6-8 weeks before our last frost date.
To mention a few;
- Flowers: Sweet William, Snapdragons, Bupleurum, Dill, Rudbeckias, Feverfew, Sweet Peas, Calendula, Pincushion (Scabie)
- Vegetables: lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, peas, chard, beets, broccoli, parsley.
To view all the flower and veggies seeds to start now, click here
It is too early to start TOMAOTES!!! Those plants will be so tall and lanky by April —make yourself useful and start some lettuce seeds.
More on seed starting next week-
Lisa Mason Ziegler is a commercial cut-flower farmer in Newport News, Virginia; she lectures and writes about organic and sustainable gardening. You can email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org , call her at 757-877-7159 or visit her website www.shoptgw.com .
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