Saturday, February 28, 2009

SEED starting

Planning for the garden has begun with a trip to BBG, selecting from an array of organic, heirloom and traditional italian seeds.

What came of all of this, is that sharing seeds and seed collecting can really help deter the costs, but I must say, seed shopping is almost better than buying new shoes. Suddenly the summer visions become so delicious...visions of meals, eating cherry tomatoes under shade trees.

Meg is gathering tools to get seed kits together, which will be recylable and easy DIY kits.

There are greenhouses all throughout NYC, and we are lucky to have some volunteer growers on board. The pride of a good tomatoe grower is impossible to turn down.

Here is a general list to guide upcoming seed sowing:

Growing vegetables
12 to 14 weeks: onions*, leeks*, chives*, celery, globe artichoke
8 to 12 weeks: green onions*, peppers, eggplant, lettuce*
6 to 8 weeks: Swiss chard, mustard spinach*, Oriental greens*, cucumbers, tomatoes
4 to 6 weeks: cucumbers, cabbage family crops* (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale)
2 to 4 weeks: melon, okra, pumpkins, squash

Growing flowers
20 weeks: fuchsia
12 to 14 weeks: pansies*, lobelia, coleus, impatiens, poppies
8 to 12 weeks: snapdragons, alyssum, petunia
6 to 8 weeks: calendula*, daisy, nemesia, ageratum and other hardy annuals
4 to 6 weeks: African daisy, marigolds, zinnias, cockscombs, godetia, nasturtium, bachelor button, dahlia, canary bird vine, sweet peas and other tender annuals

Growing herbs
12 to 14 weeks: chives, oregano, mint, yarrow, parsley
8 to 12 weeks: thyme, chamomile, feverfew, valerian, catnip
6 to 8 weeks: dill, chervil, coriander, lemon balm, sage, arugula, savory, basil

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