After sketching out this year’s gardens, I’m now fully obsessed with putting these plans in motion and I’ve dog-eared just about every page in every seed catalog I have.
I seriously have to restrain myself from placing an order before I can fully research the best price.
And, I know that I’ll need to have a chaperon with me when I go to Kelly Seed so that I don’t end up spending a small fortune on seeds.
I can’t stop looking at my sketch of the kitchen garden.
I imagine the borage and marigolds working together to keep pests away and I picture the boys running through the footpaths that I plan to put in this year.
It’s possible I’m even more excited to put the plans for the back gardens into motion.
With the yellow and gold marigolds, the tall sunflowers swaying in the breeze and a sprinkling of nasturtium and borage throughout…it’s going to be beautiful.
In order to keep this manic enthusiasm from waning in these last dreary winter months, I’ve put a rolling schedule together for starting seeds in Zone 5.
This is the same format as last year’s schedule with a minor change. Last year’s had specific dates for when to start seeds: “Tomatoes: start 2/25.”
This resulted in stress and crabbiness and was a threat to my sanity, so this year I’m keeping it more general.
I’m positive this list will grow–I wasn’t joking when I said I’d need a chaperone in the seed stores and gardening sections of Big R and Wal-Mart.
I’m equally sure I’ll learn more lessons, make more mistakes and have a whole lot of fun with this year’s garden.
Growing a garden
The mistakes can be daunting
The success, joyous
|Seed (see planting guide)||Start Indoor||Direct Sow|
|Ancho Poblano||2nd week Feb|
|Bell Pepper||2nd week Feb|
|Cabbage||2nd week Feb|
|Jalapeno||2nd week Feb|
|Serrano||2nd week Feb|
|Pepperoncini||2nd week Feb|
|Ground Cherry||4th week Feb|
|Tomato round 1||4th week Feb|
|Tomato round 2||4th week Feb|
|Tomato round 3||4th week Feb|
|Basil||1st week Mar|
|Broccoli||1st week Mar|
|Oregano||2nd week Apr|
|Celery||3rd week Apr|
|Amaranth||1st week May|
|Borage||1st week Apr|
|Brussel Sprouts (Igor)||1st week May|
|Carrots||2nd week Apr|
|Chives||4th week Apr|
|Cucumber||2nd week May|
|Dill||4th week Apr|
|Hybrid popcorn||4th week May|
|Sweet Corn||4th week May|
|Lettuce Round 1||3rd week Apr|
|Lettuce Round 2||4th week Apr|
|Lettuce Round 3||1st week May|
|Lovage||1st week Apr|
|Marigolds||1st week May|
|Nasturtium||4th week May|
|Nutterbutter Winter Squash||1st week June|
|Okra||4th week May|
|Onion||2nd week Apr|
|Parsley||4th week Apr|
|PattyPan||2nd week May|
|Pea||1st week May|
|Pumpkin||2nd week May|
|Rosemary||2nd week May|
|Cilantro Round 1||4th week Apr|
|Cilantro Round 2||1st week May|
|Cilantro Round 3||2nd week May|
|Shallots||2nd week Apr|
|Snap Pea||4th week Apr|
|Cauliflower||1st week June|
|Spaghetti Winter Squash||1st week June|
|Summer Squash||2nd week May|
|Sunflower||4th week May|
|Sweet Corn||4th week May|
|Watermelon||2nd week May|
|Zucchini||2nd week May|
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