and the spring sowing begins… (better late than never)

What a week it has been, we got hailstorm, pounding rain one day and summer temps in 70s another day. I don’t have anything growing in garden yet so no damage from hail. I am so behind on seed starting, planting and spring chores this year, more important things like doing taxes took precedence last week. 
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Very first thing I wanted to do is to ‘make’ space for vegetable garden beds in the garden. We got very weedy space with old, non-flowering plants which needed to clear to get garden beds going. Even though I am late on plantings, I really want to make things right this year. This week is all about that, we (me and FIL) cleared up dying rose vines, cottontail weeds, dogwood, 2 overgrown butterfly bushes (why were these in garden at all, there are listed as  invasive species in state of Washington) and small pine tree. Re-located lupines and summer lily.
Now next is building raised beds… we went to Home depot shopping over the weekend. I picked up lumber to build some raised beds. I am not into woodworking and never done so, I’ll request FIL to make one for me.

Sown this week

Basil
Lettuce, buttercrunch
Eggplant, Ichiban
Fenugreek
Cauliflower, Silver Cup
Hot Peppers, seeds saved from grocery store dry pepper
Bell Peppers, Ace sweet pepper
Tomato – Agatha, Kimberly (wintersown.org)
BokChoi
Flowers – Cosmos, Begonia Dragon Wing

Harvested this week
picking of mint for garnish

Back to Gardening

I am back to Seattle. It feels like spring and we are officially allowed to start dreaming (and working) on gardens. Yay!  I can hardly wait for days to get longer and brighter and things to start growing again….

I was away for 2 months visiting family, had to plan trip last minute. Just before leaving, in late February, I threw seeds in few pots lying on patio. I have been reading a lot about wintersowing, I thought to give it a try… I didn’t get much time to cover pots, these remained outside braving cold and rain. Now I am back and glad to see that few seeds managed to germinate. wintersowing success! Spinach, Lettuce and Peas germinated well, Cherry Belle radishes are bulbing up. Few brassicas seedlings are seen ( I don’t remember if I sown cabbage/Cauliflower or Turnip), time will tell.

Wintersowing efforts in February

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Lettuce, Spinach and cabbage has germinated in April

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Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts from last winter have bolted.

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Sown this week
Potatoes – Supermaket bought, Yukon Gold and Russett
Peas – Super Sugar Snap, ed hume seeds from last year’s packet

While I was away for 7 weeks, 3 supermarket bought potatoes remained in pantry. These sent out shoots/sprouts. I still don’t know correct way of chitting potatoes or if I should/should not be using supermarket version But I am going to give it a try sowing them. I dug up trench 1 ft deep and sown cut up ‘eyes’ of potatoes. One is Yukon Gold and other is Russett (I think)

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Harvested this week
half pound of Chives. I used big bunch in potato/carrot curry today morning.

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2010 Plants List is here

With vow that I may not purchase any seedlings this year (lol, yeah that’s going to happen), plant list is almost taking shape for this year. I did collect/order plenty of seeds over winter, I’ll grow most of the plants from seeds this year.

Vegetables (Variety is listed in front)

Amaranth, Midnight Red
Beans, Blue Lake Bush
Beets, Detroit Dark Red
Bell Peppers, Ace Sweet Pepper
Bell Peppers, home saved seeds
Bok Choi, Chinese Mustard
Broccoli Raab
Brussels Sprouts, Long Island Improved
Cabbage, Quick Start
Cauliflower, Silver Cup
Cilantro, seeds from Indian Grocery Store
Cucumber, Muncher
Dill, Dukat
Dill, seeds from Indian Grocery Store
Eggplant, Ichiban
Eggplant, Slim Jim

Fenugreek, seeds from Indian Grocery Store

Lettuce, Buttercrunch
Okra, Clemson
Onion, Evergreen Bunching
Peas, Super Sugar Snap
Radish, Cherry Belle
Radish, Icicle
Spinach, Giant Noble
Spinach, Olympia Hybrid
Squash, Waltham Butternut
Sweet banana Peppers
Swiss Chard, Rainbow Blend
Tomato, Agatha
Tomato, Chudo Rinka
Tomato, Cold Set
Tomato, Early Kus Ali
Tomato, Italian Market Wonder
Tomato, Kimberly
Tomato, San Marzano
Tomato, Sheyenne
Tomato, Sungold
Tomato, Tommy Toes
Turnip, Purple Top White Globe
Zucchini, Black Beauty

 

Flowers

Begonia, Dragon Wing Pink
Cosmos, Seeds saved from Friends garden
Lavender
Lavender, perennial in garden
Marigold, Saved seeds
Marigold, sweet cream
Morning Glory, Heavenly Blue
Nicotiana

Nigella, seeds from Indian Grocery store

Red Columbine
Rose Mallow
Roses, already in garden
Rudbeckia, Orange Red
Silver Dollar, Lunaria Annua
Tennessee Coneflower
Wild Blue Lupine
Wildflower Blend Seeds
Zinnia, saved seeds from Friend’s garden

 

Fruits

Blueberry
Cherry, Rainier
Raspberry
Strawberry, June bearing

 

Herbs

Catnip, perennial

Chives, perennial in garden

Henna
Lemon Balm, perennial
Lemon Grass
Rosemary, perennial
Spearmint, perennial, transplant from friend’s garden last fall
Stevia
Sweet Basil