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In the Garden – Spring 2015

seeds now assortmentI’m so excited – I just got my seeds in the mail from SeedsNow.com.

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This was my first time ordering seeds online. In the past I have bought packets from the store. I was able to put more research into what I was buying. The website also allowed me to purchase in quantities that were more suitable for the size of my garden. I have no need for 150 tomato seeds – 15 of 3 different kinds for the same price is much more to my liking. (Way to go seedsnow.com!) Before I even got the seeds in the mail I was pleased with the shopping experience, when the seeds arrived they were nicely packaged and there was even a surprise in the package – a Free Siberian Dwarf Kale Seed Starter Kit. I love unexpected freebies… always makes my day. free-kale-seed-starter

This year one of my resolutions was to grow my dream garden. And now the journey begins. I was able to save my jalapeno plants and banana pepper plants through cold in containers (I think I will be keeping all peppers – new and old in containers for the new garden set-up). As for the seeds that came in the mail –  this is what I’m planting this spring:

Starting in January

diciccio broccoli

Buy Broccoli Seeds

Broccoli (DiCicco) – An Italian broccoli that produces numerous small to medium sized heads well into the summer for more delicious broccoli more often. You can cut the main head and the other stalks will continue to grow. Like all broccoli it is a cool weather plant, but can last into early summer and 75 degree temperatures.

Days to germination: 5 to 10 days
Days to harvest: 114 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Frequent watering in hot weather

All Seasons Cabbage

Buy Cabbage Seeds

All-Season Cabbage – This plant produces very flavorful heads of cabbage. One of the earliest and best cabbages around. Suitable for spring, summer, and fall crops. All seasons cabbage is heat resistant and resistant to yellows. This is one of the better cabbages to grow in a climate with warm summers.

Days to germination: 5 to 10 days
Days to harvest: 70 to 100 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regularly and consistently

tendercrisp celery

Buy Celery Seeds

Tendercrisp Celery – Very large celery that has excellent flavors. It will grow later into the season as well.

Days to germination: 14 to 20 days
Days to harvest: 100 to 120 days
Light requirements: Full sun or partial shade
Water requirements: Very frequent watering needed

*Grow Note – Celery seeds have a poor germination rate, so be generous with the seed when you plant. Plant at least twice as many seeds as you actually need. Don’t bury the seeds, just leave them on top of the potting soil or cover with just a sprinkling of earth. They need to be exposed to light in order to germinate. Also, blanching – (SEE FENNEL BELOW) *

Radish Champion

Buy Radish Seeds

Radish (Champion) – A bright red, crisp, round radish with large tops. Flesh is white and crisp, and slow to get pithy. They grow really quickly and mature in about 30 days.

Days to germination: 5 to 10 days
Days to harvest: 21 to 28 days
Light requirements: Full sun, or light shade
Water requirements: Regular watering

Fennel

Buy Fennel Seeds

Fennel – It will grow large with deep roots,

Days to germination: 7 to 14 days
Days to harvest: 80 to 90 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regular watering

* Grow Note – The bulb of the fennel plant grows at the base of the stalks, but not underground. Once the plant starts to develop the bulb, hill up the soil around it so that the sun doesn’t turn it green. This is called “blanching” and similar to the techniques used for growing celery. *

Starting in February

buttercrunch lettuce

Buy Lettuce Seeds

Buttercrunch Lettuce – Are known for their ‘buttery’ taste and velvety texture, and small loosely formed heads.  Partial shade, or a location that receives primarily eastward exposure may be helpful if growing in summer.

Days to germination: 2 to 12 days
Days to harvest: 30 to 50 days
Light requirements: Full sun, with shade in the heat
Water requirements: Regular watering

iceberg lettuce

Buy Lettuce Seeds

Iceberg Lettuce – has a tightly formed head of crisp, sweetly blanched leaves. Leaves on the outside are green, giving way to blanched pale yellow to whitish center leaves. It is a cold weather crop and better to start indoors. You might also want to stagger your seedlings to harvest at different times.

Days to germination: 2 to 12 days
Days to harvest: 30 to 50 days
Light requirements: Full sun, with shade in the heat
Water requirements: Regular watering

eggplant florida market

Buy Eggplant Seeds

Eggplant (Florida Market) – will produce excellent yields of dark purple eggplants in the shape of teardrops.  The plants are strong and especially good for market growers. Excellent for baking, slicing, and more!

Days to germination: 10 to 14 days
Days to harvest: 50 to 80 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Frequent watering

kale-siberan-dwarf

Buy Kale Seeds

Kale (Siberian Dwarf) – This tasty Russian variety produces leaves that are only slightly frilled and of top quality. 16-inch plants are very hardy and productive.

Days to germination: 5 to 8 days
Days to harvest: 50 to 60 days
Light requirements: Full sun or some shade
Water requirements: Frequent watering

Onion Tokyo White

Buy Onion Seeds

Onion (Tokyo Long White) – This bunching onion has long, slender roots that are harvested as large scallions. Reaching about 12 to 15″ tall, the stalk bottoms are pure white, while the pungent, flavorful tops are medium green.

Days to germination: 6 to 12 days
Days to harvest: 90 to 110 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regular watering

Starting in March

cucumber marketer

Buy Cucumber Seeds

Cucumber (Marketer) – are a very flavorful 9″ long dark green cucumbers. Excellent for slicing and salads. They grow well in early to mid spring.

Days to germination: 4 to 10 days
Days to harvest: 60 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regular waterings

cucumber boston pickling

Buy Cucumber Seeds

Cucumber (Boston Pickling)Produces heavy and continual yields of 3-6 inch fruits, perfect for pickling. The dark green, blunt-ended cucumbers can also be used in salads!

Days to germination: 4 to 10 days
Days to harvest: 60 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regular waterings

large red cherry tomato

Buy Tomato Seeds

Cherry Tomato – (growing in a container) – An excellent salad tomato, with clusters of 5 on spreading, hardy vines, with dark green foliage. Full-season, high yields of deep scarlet, round, 1 to 1-1/4″ diameter, flavorful fruits.

Days to germination: 7 days
Days to harvest: 60 to 80 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regular watering

Homestead Tomato

Buy Tomato Seeds

Tomato (Homestead) – (growing in a container) – Good yields of eight-ounce fruits that are meaty and have a good flavor. Excellent for fresh eating as well as canning. Produces well in hot, humid environments.

Days to germination:  7 days
Days to harvest:  120 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Frequent and consistent

rio grande tomato

Buy Tomato Seeds

Tomato (Rio Grande) – (growing in a container) – The tomatoes form in clusters and seem to do well in weather extremes, both hot and cold. Good disease resistance. It is a determinate plant and can be grown in a cage, allowed to sprawl, or trellised.

Days to germination:  7 days
Days to harvest:  120 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Frequent and consistent

watermelon_crimson_sweet

Buy Watermelon Seeds

Watermelon (Crimson Sweet) – Large, round melons averaging 25 lb. are light green with dark green stripes. Flesh is dark red, firm and fine-textured. Great sweet Watermelon.

Days to germination: 5 to 10 days
Days to harvest: 80 to 100 days
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Regularly

16 plants – WOW! this is going to be an incredible spring of planting. What are you growing this spring? When do you start planting?

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Comments

  1. Sharon from herorganizedchaos.com says:

    Thanks so much for this! I have had plenty of gardens and NEVER knowing what I am doing. This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome! I’ve been working on planning my garden but haven’t ordered any seeds yet.

    • I love the planning and ordering phase for the garden – I get so excited and can’t stop dreaming about the end result. If you are planning on ordering seeds – check out: http://3peppers.seedsnow.com/ I absolutely adore SeedsNow, quick, easy and so far all my seeds have germinated really quickly (I’ll be posting about the seedlings soon)

      Thanks for stopping by and happy gardening!