Mar 1, 2012
Ready or Not....
It's time to plant! If you live in Virginia Beach anyways :)
My "oil pan carry-all" is ready for another season, it's my favorite thing for carrying planting gear as well as harvesting. I even had some leftover innoculant from my soybeans last year so the peas got the royal treatment :)
Uhhhh, yeah... this was definitely not in the budget, but how can I pass up a good deal? Paid 5 bucks for the whole lot of the pansies below. Every year I wait until the big box stores have flats that are droopy or need deadheading, they mark them way down since they won't do those things and they don't sell when they look that way. They were just getting too large for their cell packs and needed water but not too bad off, as they perked right up in the rain we had in the yard yesterday. Need to plant them asap, but what a deal!
This morning at 7:30 a.m. - look at that temp - the kids wore shorts to school!
Every year at pea planting time I get to use one of my favorite tools...why on earth did it take me so long to splurge on this thing? It saves way more than the $25 I spent on it in backache and ibuprofen costs. Now if only it had a reverse, right? This ADD gardener has to move posts often so I definitely need reverse.
I even organized all my stakes and random sharp objects that were strewn about still since last fall.
I also created a "special pile" of all my broken stakes and pole bits...
Do you do this too? I've got sections of poles that are only 8 inches long in there but I can bear to get rid of any stake-like object LOL! At least the small ones are separate now so I won't get so frustrated every time I try to dig a long stake out of the pile and "come up short"!
Check out the temp as I came back in the house at 12:30 pm... crazy stuff!
Now for the details on today's plantings -
(* new to the garden this year)
Sugar Snap Peas - old seed
Green Arrow Shelling Peas - Southern Exposure
White Onions - local feed store unknown variety
Evergreen Bunching Onions - FEDCO (old seed)
*Deep Purple Bunching Onions - Southern Exposure
*Tokyo Cross Turnips - 35 day variety
*Purple Top White Globe Turnips - Southern Exposure
Swiss Chard - old 2009 seed "just to see"
Olympia Spinach - FEDCO
Mesclun - old 2008 seed
Mizuna Greens - Baker Creek
Tango Lettuce - Sustainable Seed Co.
Bronze Mignonette Lettuce - Baker Creek
Red Salad Bowl Lettuce - Southern Exposure
Mache/Corn Salad - Sustainable Seed Co.
I had a lot of seed still from past years that I used, but most of my new seed for 2012 came from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange based right here in Virginia. Part of the reason is that my beloved Baker Creek Catalog appeared too late so they missed the boat with me this year. Yes, I know I could have looked at the online catalog but it's garden planning in winter - hey I'm loyal to whoever sends me the garden porn to look through on a bleak winter day! I'm funny like that - I've been ordering from them for years so I expect that my catalog will arrive in a timely manner so if it doesn't so sorry - better luck next year! Southern Exposure wasn't a hard decision for me though because they are our "local" seed company, organic, non-GMO, heirloom and all that stuff I want plus have varieties that have proven performance and historical significance right here in the Mid-Atlantic (remember how much older my state is than everyone else, that's neat stuff!), so it was a no-brainer. I still randomly get seed from a few other places of course, but they got the bulk of my order for 2012.