Vegetable seeds were ordered New Years Day from Pinetree, a company specializing in organic seeds. An inaculant, too, perfect for all types of beans and peas to help the Green Magic and Bountiful Bush beans grow. The product will put billions of live active thizobia bacteria into the soil so seeds grow sturdier plants with better quality.
Of course,, other garden companies are sending their catalogs, one a day it seems: Farmers – Jung – Burpee – Dutch Farms – R.H. Shumway – Select Seeds.
The colorful seed pictures and descriptions in these catalogs reach out to readers – see me – read me – relish me – try me – buy me.
The Lacy Bee garden is smaller this planting season because the lower portion is planted with wild flowers. American Meadows is sending small packets of organic wildflowers and herb seeds selected for the Pacific Northwest and native plants. This year wildflowers will be added to sand, about one cup per 1/4 pound of seeds, sowed by hand, cardboard placed over the seeds and stepped upon for compaction.
Vegetables planted are just the ones we’ll eat: broccoli, carrot, kale, lettuce, beans – bush or runner, eggplant, tomato, zucchini, potato. A few herbs continue on, year to year such as oregano. No horseradish, although there is a plant resembling it that comes up every year. Cilantro, an annual herb, will be attempted again this year. The seeds first planted in soil in an egg carton near a fire burning in the living room about six weeks before the last expected frost in mid-May.
For the vegetables, I’ll make a combination of one/third sugar, Epsom salts and bone meal to mix in the dirt. It’s cheap and easy. Plants seem to like the combination.
Now it is time to put to one side the seed catalogs and to sketch the locations for the seeds. This is a task more challenging than the placement of accessories and furniture; maybe because seeds seem to have lives of their own and desire to be planted in a soil warm enough to suit and a gardener willing to be there by their side, step by step, to get rid of weeds and to protect, as some of the gardeners do with shields over their tender bodies when the sun is too hot.
It takes premium effort to be an effective gardener. I am a WISHFUL gardener. The first time I planted wildflowers, I wished them to grow after I followed the procedure offered by U-Tube gardeners. They did come, perky and gave delight through the first summer. Last season there were only a few flowers, just weeds. One can only hope. No problem with zucchinis. They’re like poor relations, they’ll thrive no matter where or however they’re planted. (Okay, I have a zucchini secret: organic farmer BZ Isreal every year brings five or six plants so I don’t plant them from scratch.)
Winter gardening not only brings snow, as shown above at the Lazy Bee, it offers the beauty of pictures in seed catalogs.