End of March Seed Update

From just sprouting at the beginning of the month to cups by the end of the month. Things are trucking along!

Marigolds, calendula, and a few types of tomatoes are in their cups and growing in the greenhouse. I am still waiting on the pink cosmos, echinacea, peppers, and a few types of tomato to grow large enough to transplant. I threw out the yellow cosmos and the broccoli sprouts- they got too leggy and I didn’t want to fuss around with them. There are lots of things that do well for me, I don’t have time or space to spend on needy plants!

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Use An Apple Tree to Know When to Plant

This information came from HomeTownSeeds.com.  At one point they sent me a box of seeds (a “survival pack,” or enough seeds to plant an acre) and these instructions were included.  I can’t find it on their website, and I can’t find any mention of this anywhere else!  It kind of makes sense, because when the conditions are right for an apple tree to get going, it would make sense that conditions are right for other seeds regardless of the date.  We are lucky enough to have a neighbor’s apple tree near our garden, I will keep an eye out this year to see how it behaves!

Hardy Group- Pea, Radish, Onion, Spinach, Cabbage.  Plant when soil is dry enough to work, or when apple buds swell, or about March 15-May 15.

Semi-Hardy Group- Swiss Chard, Beet, Carrot, Lettuce.  Plants a week or two after Hardy group, or when apple buds are in a tight cluster or about March 20-July 1.

Tender Group- Bean, sweet corn, cucumber, zucchini.  Plant on the average date of last spring frost, or when apple blossoms are open, or about May 5 to July 1.

Very Tender Group- Pepper, winter squash, tomato.  Plant about two weeks after tender group, or when there are little green apples on the tree or about May 20 to June 10.

First Week of March Seeds

Seeds are starting to sprout! So far we have cosmos, marigolds, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes. I am still waiting for the peppers, more calendula, and the larger tomatoes. After these sprout indoors I move them to the greenhouse. A month ago our nights were in the tens, but now that March is here we are in the 40’s at night and 50’s during the day. We are also having inordinate amounts of rain- the basement is currently flooding (measured in gallons, not inches thankfully) and there is a large pond formed just beyond our yard in the greenbelt. Our three- year-old was absolutely overjoyed to find out much of the backyard is under three inches of water and had fun leaping and jumping into puddles all afternoon while his dad filled sandbags to keep the water from flowing in under the doors.

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