January 28, 2016
Let the Seed Starting Commence
February promises to be warmer than usual, so sayeth those that dare forecast the weather. Which is surprising since that is usually our coldest month. And March promises to be very spring-ish, so it's time to get seed starting on.
You might wonder about freak frosts and cold snaps. We haven't gotten those since I've moved here, and if there's a warming trend generally it will continue. The year we didn't get a winter I started pepper seeds in late January and people were tilling their gardens in February. Unlike Idaho where they get freak killing freezes after Mother's Day that even killed the potatoes underground, and even farmers had to replant.
I've done some seed ordering online which has finally got my gardening mojo on. So many pretty pretty seeds. They are having a sale at Tradewind Fruit and Seeds and lots of their tomatoes are included in their sale. Woohoo. And lets just say I resisted nothing!
Our little one has been really sick with bronchitis and ear infections since before Christmas. And at the same time the 2 year molars came in. Poor baby... So we've been spending lots of quality time with the Nebulizer doing breathing treatments. The little tyke is really tired of being poked and prodded with thermometers, bulb suctioners, medicines, and tissues.
Needless to say, gardening and seed starting has been the furthest thing from my mind. So whenever my really really excited friend starts to talk about how many seeds she's got started in her greenhouse I would balk, "Oh man, it's the middle of winter. I am not. Even remotely. There yet."
So here it is, almost February and we're supposed to get 60 degree weather this weekend. By March we should expect temperatures consistently in the 60s. So I shall be starting seeds this weekend, on the list are 6 varieties of Broccoli.
Green Magic (F1)
I really really want to start some Brussels sprout seeds but I have no idea when to start or plant them out for this region. Should I start them early so they get the benefit of a nice cool spring? Who knows? Because I surely don't.