Garden Geekery

Down here in central Florida, it is already time to start our warm weather vegetable and flower seeds and to direct sow our cold weather vegetables. My indoor seedling nursery has not been set up yet, but I HAVE cleaned up the square foot garden, raked in more compost, and replanted with lots of leafy greens, stir fry peas, edamame, and my favorite, Bright Lights Swiss chard.

I love watching the little green seedlings pop up out of the (temporarily) weed-free raised bed! It’s just as much fun as seeing the first indoor seedlings appear in their little peat pots. This spring I would like to try to successfully get a small container herb garden going as well as plant my usual variety of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants again. Some heat-tolerant leafy greens like mustard and malabar spinach are also on the list…and I MIGHT risk some zucchini, even though I don’t have a ton of room for it.

And while the Vardaman sweet potatoes are now firmly established and self-propagating (check out my mid-winter harvest below–and those are just from the volunteer vines I had to tear out of my raised bed, not the main patch!), I want to order an assortment of end-of-season white sweet potato varieties from Sandhill Preservation Center to plant in June.

(I’m getting my spring seeds going this weekend after consulting my handy seed starting spreadsheet and Almanac.com’s Outdoor Planting Guide.)

Are you gardening yet in your part of the country, or just scanning the seed catalogs for this year’s must-have crops? What do you plan to grow this year?

4 thoughts on “Garden Geekery

  1. My husband and I are planning to start our first garden this year, but we live in Wisconsin so we won’t plant until late May/ early June. We’ve been reading up on gardening a lot, though, and plan to do tomatoes, garlic, onions, zucchini, squash, salad greens, maybe peppers… We’re trying to stick to easy stuff for our first attempt.

    By the way, I grew up in Central Florida was there visiting family over the holidays… boy do I miss it right now!

  2. Sounds like you are all organized – I’m slightly jealous (ok, alot jealous) that you can grow stuff this time of year!

    Gardening in our part of Canada doesn’t really start until May… We run the risk of frost until the end of May. I guess dedicated seed starters would start in April getting stuff ready.

    I just grow a few containers of herbs – sadly my little city yard doesn’t get much direct sunlight – we have 12ft hedges surrounding it.

    I grew up in the country and we had all kinds of gardens every year – a big field of sweet corn (drool), another garden with the usual stuff – carrots, peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, etc. AND we had a massive strawberry patch and apple orchard. Oh, those were the days!!

  3. Hi Maggie! It’s Melanie aka rivieragirl from RCR. How random that I happened to pop by your site and see your banana tree/ green smoothie producer. I love it!

  4. Oh my. The ground is covered with 5 inches of snow crusted with an inch of ice, and it was -7 outside this morning.

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