Seed-Starting Challenge, Urban Farm Magazine Giveaway & Blog Link-Up

Annette, friend and co-author of the Urban Farm Handbook, has organized a 12-months-of-urban-farming challenge on her blog Sustainable Eats. Participants learn, do, share and can win great prizes for taking the challenge.

Take The April Seed Starting Challenge

The April challenge is all about gardening, and I’m challenging NW Edible readers, Urban Farm Challenge participants and all happy stumblers to start something from seed this month that is new to you.

You can start something indoors, under lights, or you can sow seeds directly in the garden outside. You can sow your seeds in a container or in a prepared garden plot.

I’m not fiddly about details. The only rules are that you must start with a seed packet, not a purchased nursery start and you must push your gardener comfort zone with a new type or variety of edible.

After you sow your seed or plant your start, come back to this post and leave a comment telling us what new-to-you edible you’re growing from seed!

Have fun with seeds!

What’s In It For Me?

- The skill building that comes with trying new things in the garden and becoming less-dependent on the sad, sad gardening rack at Home Depot.

- The community of fellow gardeners all taking the challenge and sharing their skills and experiences along the way.

- The opportunity to win a free subscription to Urban Farm Magazine.

Never grown the purple ones before! That counts!

Wait, There’s A Magazine Made Just For Urban Farmers?

Yup, there is.

Urban Farm Magazine, from the same publisher who puts out Hobby Farms and Chickens, is a great resource for people trying to keep a more productive home in urban areas. I’m a subscriber, and look forward to my new issue every two months.

Urban Farm Magazine is packed with articles on gardening, including in small spaces and in containers, bee-keeping, chicken-keeping, goat-keeping, running a greener home and more.

The magazine is an ideal, gentle resource for beginning and intermediate urban farmers and homesteaders but there is something in each issue that most anyone, of any experience level and any location can learn from or find inspiration in.

The kind people at Urban Farm Magazine are sponsoring this challenge and have sent me a gift certificate for a free 6-issue/1-year subscription to the magazine. You win the challenge and I send the gift certificate to you!

To be entered, all you do it participate in the challenge, start something from seed and leave a comment on this post telling us what you did. Contest is open all month – it closes on Sunday, April 29th at 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be announced Monday April 30th.

But That’s Not All!

I’m not the only blogger participating in the April Gardening Challenge – there’s more great info and gardening challenges coming froms some honest-to-goodness celebrities.

Look for upcoming April Garden Challenge posts from:

Graham Kerr, Chef-legend, host of too many cooking shows to list and author of too many books to count, including the most recent, Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year In The Life Of My First Kitchen Garden. (Mr. Kerr is a recent edible-gardening convert.)

Jessi Bloom, garden designer, expert on vegetable gardening with chickens and author of Free Range Chicken Gardens (my review coming tomorrow).

- Colin McCrate, co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company and author of the soon-to-be-released book, Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard.

- And more!

Make sure to follow Annette at Sustainable Eats so you don’t miss any of the great challenges and guest posts she’s coordinating.

Need to do some research before you take the challenge?

If you are new to seeds, read why gardeners use seeds and how to take care of yours in my post, Seeds For Beginners: Saving, Storing and Organizing Your Vegetable Seeds.

For information on how to grow your own transplants at home, you might want to check out my three-part Seed Starting 101 series: Key Components For Healthy SeedlingsA Step-by-Step Visual Guide To Growing Seedlings At Home, and Up-Potting.

For ideas on what seeds are appropriate to start in or sow out now, check out yesterday’s post: To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: April 2012.

If you are already a G.W.T.M.S (gardener with too many seeds), find organizational relief with my Seed Organization Database.

Bloggers: Show Us Your Gardening Stuff

Help build the gardening community and show us your seed starting stuff! If you have a blog, we’d love to learn from you too.

Let NW Edible and Urban Farm Challenge readers read what you have to say. Follow the “Click here to enter” link below to add your best posts – the helpful, the funny, the failures, whatever! – about edible gardening. Your post can be new for the challenge or an old favorite. Just make sure it pertains to growing-your-own.

Update: Link-up your favorite post on edible gardening or seed starting for your chance to win a (second, Northwest Edible-sponsored) subscription to Urban Farms Magazine too, if readers pick your post as their favorite as measured by the “like” counter associated with each entry.

Bloggers, you can enter for both subscriptions by both commenting and linking-up, but no one can win both subscriptions.

Add your own experience, check back to read other’s, find great new ideas and remember to vote for your favorite posts.

Link-up is open until April 29th, 11:59 PM PST.

Comments

  1. Charmaine Slaven says:

    I’ve got seed started indoors and out, doing so experiments with potatoes in beds vs. potato towers. Storage onions this year are new for me. Also experimenting with starting seeds above mulch vs. tilled in mulch. Fun fun!

  2. This is the first year I’ve grown vegetables from seed, so I’m starting everything new! 3 kinds of beans (1 pole & 2 bush), peas & sugar snap peas, celery, kale, cucumbers, squash, onions, basil…I’m not sure what will take off, especially given the somewhat cool temperatures in our basement where the seeds are being started under lights, but the kale, peas, and onions are off to a good start!

  3. Melanie says:

    Something new for me this year is starting miniature alpine strawberries plants from seed. They have germinated well and I’m putting the little plants in the ground now. I’ve gotten about 85 plants from $3 worth of seed! They are supposed to taste very good, put off no runners, and do okay in partial shade. Sounds like a dream and so far so good.

  4. Over the past couple weeks I have started about 200 seeds – some under lights, some in an aerogarden (using the seed starter accessory). Most unusual – for me anyway – artichokes and strawberries. The artichokes are coming along beautifully! Strawberries are only a couple days along so not much to report on yet. I have high hopes! :)

    • Tammie Haley says:

      This is the first time I’ve used the aerogarden to start seedlings too. I’ve been mainly using my first one to grow different basils year round. I was a little worried because only 1/2 of all my seeds sprouted correctly. The others molded ( Thanks to all this rainy weather we’ve been having.) I just started the second half again. (So I will think of this as stage plantings.)
      Love to hear how yours turns out.

  5. This is my first year starting from seeds! I’ve got tomatoes going (indoors of course), onions I just transplanted outside yesterday, started basil, fennel, and dill over the weekend, and lettuce and spinach outside under a cold frame. All from seeds. All nerve wracking! That doesn’t include my potatoes.

    I’ll post pictures and link up tomorrow.

  6. This year I’m trying Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries. I’m still putting in fruit trees and bushes and don’t have near enough fruit to get away from the grocery store, so this is the year of annual fruits, all sorts of melons and the ground cherries.

  7. I’ve already (last month) started two things from seeds that I didn’t even eat a year ago–kale and leeks. Also growing broccoli from seeds for the first time. This month, I’ll be planting beet seeds that my husband got me. I’ve never grown beets–need to learn how to make borscht!

    • Tammie Haley says:

      Which kind of borscht are you wanting to make? My friend at work makes a lovely Polish style borscht. Very different from what I’m used to.

  8. Elvira Jimenez says:

    Hello Erica,
    I am not going to participate in the Challenge but I am going to subscribe to the magazine, is there a way for you to get some credit on subcriptions generated from your blog? Thanks

  9. This is the first year that I’m starting from seed instead of transplants so everything is sort of a challenge for me. I already have broccoli, lettuce, and two types of tomatoes started under a growing lamp in my basement.

  10. Tammie Haley says:

    I started Chinese mint and fenugreek starts in my mini hydroponic garden. I have also started my chervil, chamomile, dill, cilantro in the hydroponic garden as well. It is all sitting on my kitchen counter. It will be interesting to see how well they transplant. I have never tried this before. Inside I’ve also started my chocolate cherry tomatoes seeds. Last year I received a container of these beautiful tomatoes from my mom. They made wonderful sundried tomato pesto. I HAVE to make more this year.

    • Tammie Haley says:

      They are not exactly plants, but I’m also, for the first time, managing my own Mason bees. With these really cold and wet springs, I’m hoping these bees will help my early blooming fruit trees. The honey bees and the bumble bees just are not doing their job, they are staying inside bundled up. I just took my first box of Mason bees out of the refrigerator yesterday after I put up their new home outside. I have never kept bees in my refrigerator BEEfore.

  11. I am trying two different varieties of popcorn. Figured I’d better grow my own if we hope to avoid GMOs.

  12. I have been gardening for many years, so there’s few things I haven’t grown at one time or another. I’ve already started most of my seeds, including 5 varieties of peppers, 6 varieties of tomatoes (including a new one I’ve never tried before, “Principe Borghese”), Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli. Today I start beets and carrots, in the ground. Early for where I live, but it’s been such a mild spring I’m going for it! I am going to try PEANUTS for the first time this year! I’m super excited about that. I also am going to try growing all my herbs from seed. I haven’t had much luck with that in the past and usually end up going to the farmer’s market or garden center for the plants.

  13. I’ve got Amaranth started (for a spot next to my coop), Shiso an Asian basil like herb and Romanesco is a new one for me this year as well.

  14. Lora, I was going to post that I am trying peanuts this year too! I actually grew them last year with seeds purchased from Southern Exposure, and saved all the peanuts we grew this year so I can start growing a peanut that is more specific to the Baltimore City climate and season. People are always so excited to hear that we are growing peanuts in Baltimore City, and I had never actually seen a peanut plant before last year!

  15. This is the first year that we’re using all organic heirloom seeds instead of whatever they sell at our local Walmart. They’re coming up like little champs. Now if all the snow outside would melt!

  16. Love the concept for the magazine (even though I’m a slightly rural Mason County farmer :). I have a potting shed with a germination stand full of the first batch of seed starts; I’ve already up potted the first batch of tomato plants. Last week I direct seeded my carrots and beets into a raised bed with a soil heating cable installed … most of the seeds have germinated now.

  17. This is my first year attempting to grow tomatoes and peppers from seed. They have germinated and I’m close to getting my first true leaves. I hope to be transplanting them soon! I’ve also started all of my herbs from seed (brand new for me) and I’m very excited to see them grow! Snow pea’s were directly snow into the garden 2 weeks ago. They seem to be a safe bet with our cooler spring this year. Cheers, Jenni

  18. Herbs for me! I can never find nice looking basil at the grocery store or in the garden centres so I started my own this year. Thai Basil and Sweet Basil. Really hoping this works so I can try Erica’s Lemon Walnut Pesto recipe. Started those seeds on the weekend. Also will plant some parsley tonight. Previous experiments with starting my own sets — pumpkins. Who knew 5 or 6 little plants would get me 65 pumpkins ripening in my porch before I could give them to all my co-workers?! LOL.

    • Tammie Haley says:

      I really enjoy pesto made from a mix of Thai Basil and Sweet Basil. Hope you enjoy yours. Here at work I have basil and oregano growing at my desk. It is so nice to pick off a few leaves and toss into my pasta at lunch. I have plans to bring in more items to work so we can just pick a fresh veggie lunch. We already started making sprouts today.

  19. This is my first year to grow greens (mustard, kale, collards) from seed. I direct seeded them into a prepared raised bed on April 1st. I have long started all my other vegetables from seed, but have never grown greens (I’m trying to eat healthier, so greens it is!). I also transplanted four blueberry bushes that I started from seed last fall. I have to admit, that experiment was not a good one. I started with many seeds and only five ended up germinating (in spite of striation, etc). Then one up and died. The remaining ones I’ve coddled along through the winter and I set them out into the group outdoors (another raised bed) on the first. If anyone know a good way to get great germination from blueberry seeds, I’d love to know what I did wrong.

  20. This is my first year doing any seed starts indoors. Ive got broccoli going, brussel sprouts that still dont seem interested in growing and lettuce that is just starting to show. They are all sharing space in my laundry room on top of the dryer next to the unmatched sock bin.

  21. gillian says:

    This blog already inspired me to start some seeds for the first time. I started basil and green onions under compact florescent lights (read: my desk lamp.) I’m pretty pleased with the results although I don’t have a side by side comparison to seeds started under proper lights. I’m working up the nerve to transplant the basil to my kitchen window.

  22. I have been growing from seed for a few years now, mostly because I love the diversity of heirloom seeds you can get that way, and I must say… it’s addictive! At one point I had 107 different varieties in my seed box. Having a good way to organise them (I do it by Season, then subcategories of Direct Sow, or Transplant) is key. It’s Autumn here in Australia and I just about have all my Cool Season seeds in now… very exciting, I love Winter vege’s!

  23. Michelle says:

    I have dabbled in seeds before, but this year I got serious and made myself a seed starting area (wire racks, trays, no lights though – next year!) and some staples (tomatoes, basil, peppers, sunflowers, peas, cukes etc) and also three complete new-to-me plants … stevia, cumin and seeds from a delightful Pink Lady apple I ate. All three are popping up, so exciting!

  24. Last year was the first time I grew almost everything from seed (including tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants). Some things did well (even if they didn’t get a chance to fully ripen because we had a dreadful, cold summer in Spokane), and some things totally bombed (anything cuciferous). This is the first time I’ll be trying to grow something from seeds I’ve saved from the previous year — scarlet runner beans, and letting a few of last year’s carrots go to seed so I can try starting from saved carrot seeds next year. I’m also starting hyssop, feverfew, chamomile, lemon balm, thyme, stevia, and borage from seed for the first time this spring (and of those, lemon balm is the only one I’ve had in the garden previously). It’ll be an interesting year.

  25. I am doing a LOT of new things this year! Black krim tomatoes and romas are the boring ones, but I’m also doing lettuce and spinach for the first time from seed. We also have a row of beet seedlings and multi-colored carrots in the raised bed! Oh, and we’ve got some jalapenos just starting to germinate.

  26. Shanna R. says:

    Well, the first thing I’m doing that is new is posting a comment! I’ve never done that (bashful, I guess), but I’ve been skulking for months enjoying all of your articles (is that what they’re called???). As for the garden, I’m trying all sorts of new stuff from seed this year including: brussels sprouts, cabbage, arugula and scallions. Wish me luck! I’ve not done much other than tomatoes and basil previously.

  27. The children and I spent a wonderful morning in the garden, transplanting seeds we had started inside (was THAT a saga in itself!) and planting lots of heirloom veggie seeds directly in our soil. We were forced by circumstance to try something very new to us, planting not only in containers, but in bags (as described in “Starter Vegetable Gardens”). New to us plants: hot peppers, strawberries, bush cucumbers, Matt’ s Wild Cherry tomatoes, oregano, catnip, and a few others. We also did some guerrilla gardening, stealth planting lots of wildflowers all over the place…

  28. Just planted turnips (outdoors/seed) yesterday for the first time. I found a few turnip recipes I loved over the winter and realized I must add them to my garden. Also trying mizuna, corn mache, sculpit and a few other “specialty greens” for the first time this year. We are going to have some rockin’ salads this summer!

  29. I recently purchased a house with multiple raised beds in Redmond. I currently have lettuce, cilantro, chard, kale, peas, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers and basil all growing from seed. I have grown tomatoes and pepper in containers before, but this is my first time for the others.

  30. I’m starting my tomato seeds today! -I planted lettuce and onions already outside-growing great

  31. This is my first year growing a garden from seeds. Beans are completely new to me and I’m really excited to see how the tomatoes turn out. I’m so used to buying the big tomato plants so we will see how growing from seed turns out!

  32. I just sowed several seeds indoors… Mortgage lifter tomato, black cherry tomato, basil, pepper ‘Red Peter’ hehe, tomato ‘Blue Fruit’, Eyeball plant, and soapwort. This is my second year growing from seed and it’s so rewarding and interesting to grow plants that you can’t find at your local nursery.

  33. Tiffy D says:

    I’m in Texas, so it is already in the upper 80s here and most everything is supposed to be in the ground – so I guess you can say I have already completed this challenge!

    This is the first year we have tried heirloom varieties, using a Cherokee purple tomato among others. I’ve also planted edamame for the first time this year – they are just growing their first true leaves. We’ll see how it goes! Now If I could just keep the squirrels away…

  34. I’m in the sunny south, so I’ve already started seeds pretty much everything for the summer. My new one this year was kohlrabi – never grown it before. Also did a few new varieties of tomato from seed all the way back in January (actually tomatoes from seed for the first time!).

  35. I start most things from seed every year, but new this year is sunflowers – which I’m going to try trellising cucumbers up. I’ve also got started several medicinal herbs I’ve never grown before.

  36. I don’t have pictures yet but I’m growing Amana’s Orange Tomatoes this year. I grew Cherokee Purple Tomatoes last year and they were a HUGE (and I mean huge) hit!

  37. I started english daisies seeds, and some new varieties of scallions. They’re all new to me. That’s all SO FAR.

  38. I just picked this magazine up off the shelf last week. Really enjoyed it.

    I’ve just started my first ever saved-from-last-year-seed. Pumpkins! It’s probably too early, but my 2 year old son is loving watching how fast these grow. I’ll start some more “for real” in a few more weeks.

  39. Mary W. says:

    I’m growing kale and swiss chard for the first time. I keep hearing how delicious they are, and I’m about to find out!

  40. Georgie says:

    This is my first time growing kale from seed; seems to have taken off well already in the garden. I’m trying lacinato and red russian – yum!

  41. Jen Teal says:

    I’m growing kholrabi from seed- totally new vegetable for us. Also trying to grow marigolds from seed. I’m plannning on trying a bunch of my regular crops from seed this year as well.

  42. We bought our first house a few months ago and are eager to start our first edible, and free range chicken garden in an amazing, but neglected backyard full of possibilities. We have broccoli, basil, and cilantro seeds started in our window, and plan to add tomatoes, cucumber, and blueberries.

  43. Lindsey says:

    Onions from seed, instead of from sets! I’d love to get a subscription!

  44. Chelsea Wipf says:

    Im giving rhubarb seeds a try this year. I have it germinating on my windowsill right now. It’s only been there a couple of days, so nothing showing yet…hopefully all will go well and I can increase my rhubarb bed!

  45. I am trying alpine strawberries from seed. I am using my Aerogarden hoping for a good outcome. Seed packets says 10 to 15 days to germination. I have time still to hope for success.

  46. I am trying several new varieties in my garden this year but the ones I am most excited about are purple potatoes, Japanese Minawase Daikon, and Green Zebra tomatoes.

  47. Let’s see, I have bunches of new stuff started this year! Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery–I am still amazed at how tiny celery seedlings are! Loving the seed starting this year :)

  48. So far, the new things that are starting this year from seed; romanesco, which I’m so excited is coming up, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, I’m actually gonna try watermelon, because I got free seeds from Baker heirloom, we’ll see how that does in the PNW, a new variety of beans, and some heirloom apple seeds, which are coming up, no idea if heirloom in apples means from seed, quince, and a blueberry from seed, and since my potatoes set some seed last year, gonna plant them and see what happens. :)

  49. I started some ground cherries from seed inside late last month. They have been a little slow to start but hopefully they will start to take off soon. Most of my garden this year will be just using up seeds that I bought last year so I am not being very adventurous. Oh well, have to use the old seeds up some time. Oh! I just remembered the I planted radishes for the first time. Not sure why I’ve never tried them before but better late than never.

  50. Melissa Calvin says:

    My husband and I have started seeds at our townhouse which has many challenges in terms of areas to garden where there is sufficient sunshine, etc. We have started seeds inside and out to see what will work. We have sprouts on everything already…lettuce, beets, radishes, carrots, basil, peppers and green beans. I’ll cross my fingers and pray the urban gardening Gods are with us!

  51. I have started lettuce, kale, collards, parsnips, peas, radishes, turnips, and kohlrabi! More to come soon. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Kathleen says:

    I’m pretty green to the scene, so I’ve planted my first sugar snap peas ever and am so pleased that they’re already an inch, even two, tall. Hooray! Pretty much almost everything seed will be new to me this year.

  53. I’ve started bush beans from seed this year and they are looking great. Also starting some heirloom tomato seeds that I kept from a friend’s tomato last year. I can’t wait to see them pop up. Thanks for the opportunity!

  54. Deb Anderson says:

    I have quite a few seeds started already and am starting more every week. Some are seeds I have planted before, such as several varieties of tomatoes, beans, peas, sunflowers, peppers, melons, many different herbs, etc. Others are new to me. Some of the new ones are various types of gourds, nasturums (which I found out later don’t really like to be transplanted, so we will see how it goes), and I planted a couple of giant pumkin seeds to see if I can get an early start. Some seeds are planted in trays for transplanting to ground gardens and I planted others in containers. I’m doing a LOT of experimenting with container gardening this year because last summer was so hot and dry that a lot of gardens didn’t survive. I got lucky because I had planted most things in containers because I knew I wasn’t going to have time for ground gardening. I’m the only person I know who had tomatoes all summer long. I pulled my containers into my house over the winter and even had a few tomatoes over the winter. That experience got me really excited about trying more things in containers and to view more objects as potential containers that I would have overlooked before. In addition to the plants I had in containers last year, I now have lettuce, spinach, and kale in containers and am seeding those every couple of weeks hoping I will have fresh crops as I go along. I am so excited about my gardening that I am also building a greenhouse out of old windows so I can play all winter long to see what I can get to grow in the winter! I am very much working toward being as self-sustaining as possible. I am adding new garden spots, purchased chickens, made a rain barrel, and we even built our coop from reclaimed items. I am hoping to add some solar sometime too. I’m ready to get back to a more basic lifestyle and am loving working toward getting there.

  55. I am planting turnips for the first time this spring. I heard turnips are good “slug traps,” let the slugs have those instead of something more precious. However, turnips are superb in veggie stock, giving it a more earthy, meaty flavor, so I am planting enough to ensure survivors…

  56. I’ve got some really great pepper plants I started from seed that actually grew this year. I also tried cabbage(success!), watermelon, basil, sweetmeat squash and sunflowers. All from seed. Will let you know if the later get going! Still waiting.

  57. I am starting about twenty new varieties this springs of tomatoeso, peppers, cukes, melons and squash. I am also growing raab for the first time. I start all my seeds in soil blocks.

  58. Claudette says:

    Great idea Erica! I am loving looking at all the blogs people have posted!

  59. Lots of new starts this year but the one I am most curious to watch grow is probably the Bok Choy, so far I don’t see a future stir fry in it! Also trying yellow strawberries from seed and they are impressing me with their starts.

  60. I bought seeds last year but didn’t start them, so I figured I’d really better plant them this year. I have some tomatoes sprouting by the windowsill, and some peas and lettuce hopefully sprouting outside soon. I’m keeping my eye on them. My first seeds from scratch! Thinking about potatoes as well. We seem to have a lot of them and it’s something I can move if we change adressess.

  61. Susan B says:

    I’m starting tomatoes from seed this year for the first time (Washington Cherry variety).
    Also radishes – hopefully they will grow all month and be ready to harvest by May 1 so I can
    plant other seeds in that space.

  62. It is actually my second year starting from seeds, but the first year I am doing turnips and trying chickpeas and rice. Last year I had a wonderful learning experience. I must have planted 100 starts of maybe 20 different things I wanted to try growing. I wrote on the little peat cups in permanent marker and then put all the like plants together on trays. Unfortunately, as the cups were watered the marker became unreadable. I ended up with a suprise since I couldn’t identify any of them. So my planting was a bit erraticbut I did get a decent confused crop.
    This year I am planting in a PVC pipe cut into 3 inch lengths and the marker is on the pipe. They can be reused from year to year and the transplants can be popped out without damaging the roots.

  63. I am trying harlequin carrots this year – my grandson is very anxious to see what they will look like!

  64. Jennifer says:

    I’ve just started the challenge – so excited. My son and I planted two different sunflowers, basil, peas and nicotina plants. This is a first, fingers crossed.

  65. I just started gardening this year out of my small apartment in Seattle, and I’m excited to have started lettuce, kale, radishes and *my favorite* rainbow swiss chard, all from seed. I found the seeds from a small sustainable company on Etsy, and I’ve been using egg shells to start my seeds on a windowsill. (Although after reading your blog about seedings started on the windowsill versus with grow lights, I plan to invest soon!) They were all moved to the garden last week and are happy, thank goodness for the sunshine here!

  66. I’ve started far more seeds this year than I’ve been able to do in the past! Brussel sprouts are new seeds to us and several herbs too… :)

  67. This is the first time I’ve tried to plant a garden, so I’m super excited about this months challenge. EVERY plant seed is new to me. I have all my seeds ready to go, but unfortunately the weather hasn’t been cooperating very well, and we have been dealing with cold temps and frost this month. This week is the first decent weather we’ve seen in a few weeks. So I decided to at least start some basil and cilantro seeds indoors, and they are doing great! It looks like the weather is going to stay fairly cold for the rest of this week, so I am going to plant some potatoes at least, and hope they survive. Next week we’re due for a warm-up, and that’s when the REAL gardening begins!

  68. Lora Van Nortwick says:

    I started sugar snap peas in Feb. outside. Probably too early, wet and cold because it took them 3 weeks to peek their heads out but they are going strong now about 4″ high. I started several seeds last month under lights in my basement. I have gardened with ornamentals for several years but I am new to the vegetable garden scene but LOVE the process. I started broccoli, lettuce, pak choi, cabbage, and onions. Some are in my cold frame, some are in my raised bed now. I also started ‘Stupice’ tomatoes, an early variety on March 16. Maybe too early but I couldn’t help myself…I am experimenting with slipping the seedlings into progressively bigger homemade thin cardboard pots every two weeks and burying them up to their necks in more vermiculite mixed with vermicompost from my bin. I hope to have a really vigorous root system. I live on the coast so tomatoes are iffy.
    The ironic thing is that I am not really a vegetable eater but I want to become one, and I want to pull my family along with me.

  69. I’ve started a variety of purple carrots outside about a week ago. I’m a bit worried its not warm enough for them to sprout yet, but hopeful that I’ll see signs of life soon!

  70. I go seed-crazy when it’s time to start planting. Every now and then my kitty eats a seedling and any left overs I give as gifts. This week I volunteered at an elementary school and we planted marigolds for Mother’s Day (next month) The kids had a great time (myself included).

  71. so happy to be starting this challenge! I link up my first challenge.

  72. I’m an utter newbie to gardening, but have had great success so far this year starting from seeds. (Last year was my absolute first attempt, and all I grew were weeds). Love your blog. I didn’t even know I could save seeds. My husband isn’t going to like the certain collection of seeds that will build in the fridge. (I’m a bit addicted to seeds now….)

  73. Im growing collard greens, endive and kale, all new to me this year!

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