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Mar 3, 2010 06:33 AM

What do you have started for the 2010 garden?

Each year we try to start more of our own seeds rather than buy transplants from the nursery. We're also moving away from hybrids towards more open pollinated and heritage varieties. It wasn't intentional, it just seems to be happening that way. This year we're going to try seedsaving those varieties we particularly like. We're in zone 6b, sw VA, Blue Ridge Mountains.

So far we have started:
Imperial and Violetta Artichokes: 1st time in the garden and an experiment. The imperials are bred for annual production, the Violettas supposedly are hardy enough to overwinter in our zone with protection.
Onions from seed: Never have done that before. The seedlings are doing great with the added bonus of snipping the tips to add to salads.
Lettuce: head only, we direct seed leaf
Marconi Peppers
Savoy Cabbage

Next weekend (3/13) the plastic goes on the garden to warm up the soil. Two weeks from now (3/20) we'll seed the tomatoes and eggplants indoors, and in three weeks (3/27) we'll be direct seeding the peas and spinach outdoors.

It snowed again yesterday....*sigh*

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  1. I meant to try some winter sowing (mostly flowers) but haven't started a thing yet. I did remember to buy some Pro Mix and last night, finally, ordered seeds from 3 different companies. I plan to try some onion and shallots from seed.

    Last year I started a variety of things except for tomatoes and peppers. We can get heirloom plants from a local grower. I'm not sure how much of a head start I got since we had a late frost here in NH. This year it looks like we might have an early spring. The snow is disappearing quickly. I'd like to get some spinach direct seeded ASAP since it is day length sensitive. My best crops have been when I can get it in the ground very early.

    Do you use lights indoors?

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      I'm using my old desk lamp from college as my "grow" light since it's been grey and rainy here in Norcal. I've started:
      Several varities of tomatoes and chilies
      butternut squash
      spaghetti squash
      carving pumpkins
      cooking pumpkins

      I'll be directaly planting beets, carrorts, leeks, leetuce, and whatever fun transplants
      I have room leftover for

      1. re: dfrostnh

        We use lights but not grow lights. We follow Nancy Bubel's suggestion and use one high and one low spectrum florescent tube in each of our fixtures. And like Miss G, I use my ancient, heavy desk lamp for my indoor pot of winter mixed greens. It accommodates 2 18" florescents.

      2. Tomato's...
        Cherokee Purple, Sicilian Giant saucer, Black KRim, Omars Lebanese, Voyager {"smart tomato" looks like small cluster of brains}, Sausage tomato {looks like Annehiem pepper} .... and as soon as I get the next seed shipment, Purple Calabash, White something or other, Green Zebra, and Brandywine

        Bhut Jolokia {the hottest pepper on the planet you are standing on}, Peter Pepper {most unique looking XXX rated pepper}, Purple Tiger, Chinese Giant Bells, Hungarian Paprika, and Alma Paprika.

        Purple Artichoke, Peanuts for the dog, cannabis vine {Hops}, Giant Sunflower, Elephant Head Amaranth, Black Mammoth Wrapper leaf tobacco, Havana filler tobacco, and some Kenaf {looks like Hemp}

        Indoors, I am trying a dwarf Banana. In the Aerogarden I am trying Piper Nigrum {black pepper}

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        1. re: Rojellio

          I live in Toronto, Ontario. Too much snow & too cold. Too early to start seeds inside.

          1. re: Rojellio

            Here is my set-up. I am trying "Sure to grow" cubes, the white stuff in the flat with the large dome. Hydroponic stores have both. So far I like the cubes. The wine jug is my CO2 enrichment system. Its just water, sugar and yeast.

            1. re: Rojellio

              I see you have an air lock on the jug. Is it venting into the room in general or do you have it running somehow to the seed dome? I'm curious because I just happen to have a jug of mead fermenting next to my starter shelves. It was the only place I had to stash it.

          2. So far, sugar snap peas, and potatoes. On trees. pluots, apricots, nectarines, figs are flowering/budding. And two grape vines, two meyer lemons, two blood orabge trees,but no flowers on those yet. Just laid a lasagna bed; not sure what's going in it. Something that doesn't mind 100 degree temps.

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              1. re: Shrinkrap

                Woohoo! Ours just started blooming. I'm jonesin' !

            1. Here in Zone 5, I've started spinach, rainbow swiss chard, and dwarf kale indoors to be transplanted in ~ two weeks. My strawberries from last year are peaking up.

              As for tomatoes and peppers I will start the seeds in April for late May planting. While we are having unseasonably warm weather, it's still Ohio. (Drastic changes in weather without notice.) Will probably plant snake beans and squash as well.

              1. I have five varietes of tomatoes in the green house, they have just started to come up in the seed mix. Also peas are coming up, basil, thyme, got some beets started and cabbage. Also have 2 flats of sun flowers and 12 flats of annuals that are starting to grow.

                Planted potatoes today in some mounds that I prepared last fall, two blue varieties, a yukon and some fingerlings.

                trying to propagate some more fig trees, no roots yet so I will leave them wrapped up in the plastic and wet paper towels until they get ready to pot.

                Nice having a gas heated green house this time of year, I can be growing things early and get a jump on the season.