it’s about that time…

if you are planning to start a garden in the spring and haven’t already purchased your seeds now would be the time!

in just a few weeks it will be time to sow the cool weather crops, and in a few more weeks, it will be time to start the warm weather crops indoors to be set out after the last hard frost.

this year to keep things simple i purchased all of my seeds from one source: the seed savers exchange.  founded in 1975, the sse is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds.  i have ordered from them for the past four years and have always been very satisfied.  i placed my order just before christmas and am chomping at the bit to get started.

i will be sticking with a lot of our old favorites that we look forward to year after year such as the amish deer tongue lettuce; but i did add a few new things to try.  among other things: romanesco broccoli.

this is a very new venture for me.  i tried rapini once (not exactly broccoli, but close enough) with no success.  i want to try again before moving on, and i loved the look of this italian heirloom variety.

if you are going seed shopping for the first time here are a few things to remember:

~ grow what you like to eat.

~ learn what varieties grow well in your area and start with those.  if you are unsure about what to choose, contact your county extension office.

~ lettuces are very simple to grow and do well in containers if you don’t have a lot of space in your yard.

~ keep it simple and keep it small.

you can read more about beginning gardening here.

next week: how to read a seed packet.

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