Snow days are for garden planning

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's a perfect January day today -- snowy and cold! I am sitting inside by the window, thoroughly entertained by the 10 cardinals and other various birds clamoring for the feeders out back.

With a view of the garden beds nestled in snow, I'm at the computer punching in my order for this year's new selection of seeds. My list includes:

- Fava beans
- 'Blue Lake' bush beans
- 'Detroit Dark Red' beets
- 'Vates' kale
- Mizuna
- Chervil
- Leeks
- 'Jericho' lettuce
- 'Oakleaf' lettuce
- Parsnips
- 'Wando' peas
- Salsify
- Brussels sprouts
- 'White Icicle' radishes
- Sweet banana peppers

A quick check of my seed stash confirms that I have plenty of tomato, eggplant, squash, and other pepper seeds left over from last year. At some point, I'll want to order potatoes. I haven't grown potatoes since my community garden days, and I'd like to bring them back into the mix this year. I have my eye on 'Rose Finn Apple' or 'Russian Banana' fingerlings, but really, it could be any variety. There is no potato I don't love.

Coming up in February: I'll be firing up the grow lights. Time to get the leek seeds started!


Blogger CanadianGardenJoy said...

What a gorgeous picture of that bird ! Now they are entertaining : )
YES ! PLanning is perfect on these days .. I need to actually get those points down on paper : )

9:01 AM  
Blogger ferne said...

We sure seem to be thinking a like! I did fire up the heat mats and have started some leeks, lettuce, kohrabi, and more. I still have to build my new beds and make them gopher proof so I need a few nice days and some more lumber to get started. Hope the seedlings don't need to be in the ground for a while.

11:37 AM  
Blogger janicebotterill said...

I've just started blogging about the allotment I share with my neighbour in Wiltshire. It's at if you fancy taking a look. I have a similar (but shorter) list of seeds that I made just after Christmas. Yours have more beautiful names. My problem? I get so tempted so easily to grow as many things as possible and then run out of room to grow them on....

2:23 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

These colder days as perfect for planning what we intend to grow this year. I think I've got everything covered now, I'm just waiting for my potato and onion order to be delivered.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Kiyi Kiyi said...

What a beautiful picture!
I love Blue Lake beans too, but I only grow the pole bean type.

8:26 PM  
Blogger ortolandia said...

Do you wants some seeds from Italy?

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Valentine said...

I'm really jealous of your plan! We had a great crop of maris piper potatoes from the garden last year they are the best!

5:22 AM  
Blogger Swimray said...

I love radishes, but never never never never never can grow them here in Alexandria without bolting. Never.

Update us on your progress during the year.

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Blogger Rabbit said...

Excellent shot!

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Anonymous Patrice said...

That's a brilliant idea. If there's proper planning then everything will run smoothly.

Nice photo by the way!

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Anonymous chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

The picture of that Cardinal is incredible.

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Anonymous Cooking for Diabetes said...

That is a very pretty picture! Planning the garden is always exciting. I find that the earlier we plan, the better the results are.

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