January 19, 2011

Seedy Thoughts

It's easy to have seedy thoughts in the deep of December and January in Chicago.    Actually, I had them as early as November when I selected vegetable and flower seeds for my new Potager.

Last year I grew Patty Pan squash from seed and if anyone's familiar with squash they know it's one of the easiest veggies to grow.    Swiss Chard was another that I planted  in a container and used for adding to salads.

Here are my 2011 vegetable seed selections :

Fine Leaf Chives, Tricolor Bush Beans,  Asian Salad Greens,Green and Red Romaines,Red Winter Kale, Dwarf Blue Curled Kale and Alaska Variegated nasturtium

This list is by no means complete.  I will add  leaf lettuce and Swiss Chard seeds.  Our season is apparently not long enough for eggplant or for whatever reason it didn't bear .  I've never grown tomatoes from seeds because I buy them from our garden center's greenhouse grower who comes up with some very unusual varieties.

Spring is getting closer.  I noticed last night that it gets dark around 5 now.  Soon I'll have to dig out that mini-greenhouse I bought on sale at the garden center last Fall and start sowing my seeds.
Last year we had an early April Spring and I'm hoping that it'll repeat this year.


  1. Oooh, an Early Spring would be fantastic!

  2. Carolyn, I have chosen about the same amount of seeds that you have. I have that new plant light stand but it is small so I have to be selective.


  3. Your Garden Center is a pretty special place, and even though I live in Nova Scotia, for the last few years, some of my Christmas "garden gifts" have come from Gethsemane. Of course, I didn't realize the connection until earlier this past year when I found your blog at Bloomingwriter.

    I hope for both of us, an early spring full of new and interesting plants to start in our greenhouse or garden. You have picked some very special seeds to grow.

  4. Have fun, Carolyn! I'm doing something "seedy" tomorrow from which I hope to have some great photos to share! :-)

  5. I could get lost for hours in seed catalogs this time of year Carolyn!

    Looks like a nice selection of seeds! Here's hoping for an early spring. :)

  6. Seeing those seed packets makes me excited for spring to get here. I am hoping to get out in a couple weeks to plant my "gamble garden". The seeds won't come up until the ground is warm enough, and the seedlings may get snowed on, but I've found the lettuces and such usually survive and grow. I do successive planting anyway, but all of the plants seem to thrive, that is, if the rabbits don't get to them first. I need to get out and put some rabbit fencing around my veggie garden.


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