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Seedlings to Charm Spring Into Arriving

A few days ago, I mentioned seedlings, and queenoftheskies asked me what I'd be planting.

Well, I didn't get my seedlings done yesterday after all, alas, but have acquired most of the needed seed and will take care of them by the end of the week. Frankly, it's been hard to feel any urgency to start my seedlings, considering how the winter has been. After all, it'll be sixty today... with a possibility of two to four inches of snow by Wednesday. Oy.

But seedlings I shall prepare -- the commoner's demonstrated faith in spring, as if putting seeds in soil is the required ritual for drawing warmer weather near. I'm planning to start a ton of broccoli (household favorite we eat at least three times a week), lettuces, cabbage, okra, tomatoes, summer squash, winter squash, a couple different melons, mild peppers and hot peppers, perhaps a single cucumber vine. I'll direct-seed radishes, carrots, sunflowers, and maybe I'll toss in some corn and garlic. Herbs will include cilantro, basil, oregano, and chamomile.

I'm still debating potatoes, and leaning toward not. We just don't eat that many of them.

I'm also still trying to find a local source for sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes.

Considering the expected increase in food prices coming this summer, I'm going to grow everything I'm able.

Who else is putting in a garden this year? And for the purpose of this discussion, "garden" is everything from multiple acres to a pot on the kitchen counter. :)


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Mar. 10th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
Only flowers here.

Watching my bulbs sprout now.

Just first saw snowdrops in the neighborhood, and since that's the garden that's sheltered by a building to the north and west, and half by a bank to the east, it's always first -- I obviously have a bit before they flower.

But am making plans for snapdragons and stuff.
Mar. 11th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
I so admire folks who plant and tend a flower garden. I'm not very good at that, so I stick to bulbs and mums and such--things that can survive systematic neglect. :)

But just love to see the gardens of others in bloom. Snapdragons are some of my favorites!
Mar. 11th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
I am! I planted a lot of bulbs in the Fall, and soon must get my container-garden planted on the porch - radishes, lettuce, green beans, dill weed, garlic, don't know yet what else. I also want to put red petunias in the hanging baskets for the hummingbirds.

Yay Springtime! The first tender nettles are sprouting in the forests, the chickweed is up, and there's miner's lettuce that has leaves the size of silver dollars already. I'm not so great a gardener, but I'm quite a fair forager.
Mar. 13th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
Foraging is most awesome. A few years ago, I picked up a local foraging guide and have tried to stretch myself a little more each year. I even made a fair go at processing wild black walnuts one year before deciding it was worth my while to pay others to do that. :)

My hope is I can find pawpaws this year but, alas, I always seem to miss the narrow window between when the fruits ripen and when they drop to rot.
Mar. 13th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
I have that same problem with mushrooms - we get lots of shaggy-manes here, but they turn to black yuck the day after they come up - won't even keep in the refrigerator; they've got to be cooked within about an hour of picking. Thus they have no commercial value at all, but on the plus side, they're a lawn mushroom, and don't require an excursion up the airy mountain to get some. Unlike the wily chanterelle, indescribably delicious, highly prized by restaurants, and thus highly sought by the 'professional' foragers, who get most of them. I missed chanterelle season entirely last Fall; by the time I got up there, I didn't find a single one.
Mar. 15th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
Pawpaw has the same issue as those mushrooms. They don't pack and ship well, so are ignored by the food industry. But everyone tells me they taste wonderful--a custard-like consistency that tastes like banana and mango with a slight citrus zing. But pawpaw grow only on uncleared land (they're an understory tree) and have to be in clusters to pollinate properly, and most places that meet those conditions are on private land.

I'm hoping to scour a friend's woodland acreage this fall to see if I can grab a couple before they're gone!
Mar. 15th, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)
I found a couple of pawpaws once, years ago back in Ohio, but they were black already, so I've never tasted one. No doubt the raccoons get most of them - those rascals know exactly when everything good is ripe.

I hope you find some! If you do, let us know if they're really as good as advertised! I think it's a most excellent thing that exquisitely yummy foods exist that can never be made 'commercial' - that one can only ever taste by going out in the Wild and gathering them in the one week of all the year that they're ripe. They're like faerie-food, like in Goblin Market: 'Such fruits as these, no man can carry'.
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