Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tonight I planted seeds

I enjoyed a wonderful day today and ended it burning the midnight oil. However I was planting seeds so maybe you could say I was turning the midnight soil....okay okay I know, that's corny! :)  This is the first time I have started my seeds indoors in my own home.  When I was a teenager I worked in a greenhouse but it is a bit different in my own house.  I don't own any special peat pots, so I just used my egg cartons, and I suppose if I need to transplant to a larger pot I can do that.

Tonight I planted onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes. As I have mentioned before I purchased  these heirloom seeds from Baker Creek, found here.

Shipping was very low only $3.00 and they ship out very fast!  Even though I am only an hour or so away I had them delivered to save on time and gas. :)

It was tempting to try so many different varieties, but I really wanted to keep my cost down....I'll share with you a few of the varsities I am trying out.

The Earley Jersey Wakefield Cabbage..........according to Baker Creek "Introduced in the 1840's, with tasty 2-lb. sweet and flavorful conical heads. This very early variety was sold commercially by Peter Henderson in the late 1860's."

and a reviewer said the heads were incredibly sweet and made wonderful slaw....that is was sold me! :)

Baker Creek says..."A tasty old favorite that sets medium-large, yellow onions with a good, pungent flavor. This variety is among the best keepers and produces well. Plant some of these for winter eating and store them clear through to next spring. "

The fact that these store good sold me on this one!!!

 An Italian heirloom variety that provides many more shoots after the main head is cut.....looking forward to eating this soon!!! I truly cannot wait.

 Another Italian variety as well and it caught my eye because of its bright apple green heads, baker creek says that it is a vigorous friend makes a wonderful chicken, cauliflower, rice dish that I cannot wait to try this in!!!

I only wanted to purchase one tomato variety this year, I just want to keep it simple. So I asked my intelligent neighbor what she would recommend and she said she always goes with the Amish Paste from Baker Creek. This one is perfect for paste or canning, comes form an Amish community in Wisconsin. I pray my tomatoes make it this year, I have had issues with blight in the past.

So there you have it, this is what I am starting out with.  I can always do more but for now I want to start small and work my way up. I don't want to undertake more than I can handle either.  In a week I will place another order for my beans, pumpkin, sunflower, and corn seeds.  Looking forward to trying out their strawberry popcorn variety. It looks beautiful!

What are you planting this year?


  1. timely post! a blogger friend send me lots of seeds and I needs to start them soon, too. Question did you use regular dirt or moss to starts yours???? I have a tight budget and because we have chicken (laying hens) we have eggs carton in abundance, trying to work with what I have :-)

  2. Mrs. Stam,

    I am sure I could have used something better but hubby got me a bag of potting soil for $3 from Dollar General. I was trying to stay in the budget too. :)

  3. The egg cartons are a wondeful idea, because you can cut them apart, so as not to disturb the roots when transplanting. Wonderful idea. Thank you.

  4. It is seed time planting time! Today we have pouring rain after a snow storm last night. Planting seeds indoors is just what we need today. We got our organic seeds from our local lawn and feed store. I'm planting herbs for a container garden outdoors this summer!
    Happy Gardening,
    Deb ( I'm number 15 on the homestead barn hop)

  5. I'm glad to hear your company recommendation! This season is barely underway and I'm already shopping for a company with more of a focus on heirlooms. I'm trying the early Jersey cabbage again this year too! I say again, because our crop last year was donated to cabbage butterfly babies ;)

  6. I love the idea of the egg cartons! I think I might need to start my seeds indoors too in case we have another frost (I'm in the southeast)....I'm enjoying your blog!

  7. How fortunate that you get to start planting! In my climate I have to wait a bit longer - but soon! I ordered my first Baker Seeds this year and I'm anxious to see how they do. I thought their prices were reasonable and their varieties were unusual.

    Thanks for linking up to the Barn Hop!