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Plants Started!

I'm starting about a month later than I meant to, but at least I started some seeds today. I'll be posting mainly to keep my notes in a place where I know I won't lose them, all the better to track progress/tweak next year. However, if anyone wants to share their own farming/gardening goals, tips, or work here, please feel free!

I have not bought any new seeds yet. I'm trying to use up my old seeds before I spend more money. These are all at least a year or two old. Some actually have dates back to 2005. So I'm expecting that some won't germinate at all. We'll see. I've started them in damp paper towels, which I then put into sandwich baggies & have labeled. Whatever germinates will go into flats or the cold frame.

I'm in SE Missouri, which seems to be right on the border for hardiness zones. I'm either in 6a, 6b, or plain old 6-7, depending on which map I check.

** Lettuce – Gourmet Blend (Grand Rapids, Royal Oak Leaf, Salad Bowl, Red Salad Bowl, & Ruby)
45 days – early-mid spring or late summer. Rows 1 ½ ' apart, ½'' depth, seedlings 3-4'' apart

** Lettuce – Simpson's Curled
45 days – spring or mid-late summer. Rows 1 ½ ' apart, ¼ '' depth, seedlings 8'' apart

** Spinach – Bloomsdale, long-standing
45 days – Mar-Ap & July-Aug. Rows 12'' apart, ½ '' depth, seedlings 6'' apart

** Cilantro/Coriander
Ap-July. Rows 12'' apart, ¼ '' depth, seedlings 6'' apart

** Tomato – Rutgers-Select
55-60 days – Ap-June. Rows 3' apart, ¼ '' depth, seedlings 3' apart. Keep moist.

** Tomato – Large Red Cherry
55-60 days – Ap-June. Rows 3' apart, ¼ '' depth, seedlings 3' apart. Keep moist.

** Black-eyed Peas – California Blackeyed #5
60-70 days – Ap-June. Rows 3' apart, 1'' depth, seedlings 2-4'' apart.

** Carrots – Danvers Half Long
70 days - Ap-June. Rows 12-15'' apart, ½ '' depth, seedlings 3'' apart. Water LIGHTLY

** Serrano Peppers
73 days – March-May. Rows 18''-2' apart, ¼ '' depth, seedlings 18'' apart. Sunny spot & fertilize at 6'' tall.

** Broccoli – Waltham 29. Technically this is cool season/fall, but I want broccoli so I'm gonna try.
74 days – early spring or midsummer. Rows 24'' apart, ¼ '' depth, seedlings 16'' apart

** Beans – Midnight Black Turtle
100 days – spring. Rows 2-3' apart, 2'' depth, seedlings 6'' apart.



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Mar. 5th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yummy - I just started my cherry tomato seedlings and watermelon seedlings. I haven't made up my mind what else to plant yet, but it's nice watching my little sprouts reach for the sky :-)

I have some left over seeds if you'd like them - mostly from last year. I think corn and carrot and some other stuff too, but I can't remember exactly.

Or are your hands full enough?
Mar. 6th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Sure thing! I'd never turn away free seeds. :) Thank you so much! I have some more seeds that I need to get started, but I'm trying to stagger it a bit.
Mar. 7th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I just need to figure out what can survive in pots on a balcony in full sun in raleigh. I also want to get a little tree to go out there, and shelves to put all the pots on so i can make a little mini garden to sit in. I think i've had one good year out of three. I'm also thinking about trying to guerrilla garden this year, which is basically just throwing seeds around and hoping they grow up to be purty.
Mar. 7th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome! I hope you have some success. I've only had one successful year out of about five of trying, but the first four were mostly half-hearted. We're having to start up new here, and I don't know how our soil will do. If you're mostly doing pots, at least you can pick your own soil.

I think tomatoes & peppers would be particularly good for pots, if you're wanting to grow foods. I try to grow those any way I can though, so I'm biased. lol You'd probably have to prune the maters to keep them from going haywire. Lettuce is a must-grow staple imo, too. I think they'd do all right in pots, but I think they might like a bit of shade.

Keep me posted! I'd love to see what you come up with.
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