I ordered some seeds from Park’s, like I do every year, and they finally came in on Saturday afternoon. I had the weekend off because of the holiday, so I took full advantage and planted over 140 seeds… and as early as Monday morning I had green poking through! My setup down in the basement is a heated seedling mat and shop lights, nothing too fancy. It’ll be enough to get the seedlings through until mid-May when they can be transplanted outside.
We have someone coming out to look at our trees and see what we can do about trimming back some of the canopy. Last year, everything but my tomatoes and cukes had a hard time (or died) because the sun was getting choked out by the trees. We didn’t know it was going to happen, though — it was our first season in the house, and we decided to just let things be how they are and adjust this year. So, we’re adjusting. I’m also contemplating extending the garden closer to the front yard and put a nice little picket fence as a divider between the front yard and the back to give ourselves a little more growing room.
I don’t know if I want to keep the raised beds this year. They worked well last year, so there’s no real reason to get rid of them, but I think it would look nicer if either I got rid of them altogether, or built really nice ones. The ones I have now are just 2×6′s screwed together at the ends. Maybe I could stain and seal the wood (or paint it), build a little rim around them, make them look nice. If I’m putting a picket fence in the front, though, how would the raised beds look with the fence? Well, at least I have a month to decide.
The final list of seeds is: Orange Paruche Tomato, Brandywine Tomato, Triple Crown Hybrid Watermelon, Squash Northern States Hybrid (Zucchini), 8-ball squash, Crimson King Basil, Palco Spinach, Jericho lettuce, Fernleaf Dill, Chives, Lincoln Leek, Alibi Cucumber, Cucumber Diva, Sweet Rainbow Pepper, Calypso Cilantro, Lisianthus (Yellow, Ivory, Blue), and Lobelia (White, Crimson, Blue)