Saturday, March 27, 2010

First seeds of 2010

In 2009, Aaron and I planted some common herb seedlings, as well as three types of tomatoes (Patio, Big Boy, and.....something else). The herbs thrived and the patio tomatoes were great, but the rest of the tomatoes were taken by blight. All of our plants were grown in container in our driveway or on the balcony. We still have basil, thyme, chives, parsley, oregano and sage growing in our kitchen. I made pesto in the middle of winter!

I planted our first seeds today. I bought them all at Outpost Coop. All are organic, and many are from the Seed Savers Exchange. They're planted in organic pots so I don't have to do much work to transplant them - just put the pots in the ground/larger pot and they'll become part of the soil.

I got lots of herbs, and a few more varieties of tomatoes. It's more exciting this year, because we're moving into our first house at the end of May. Some of these plants may make it into the ground! Although many will stay in containers, I'm hoping to find some ground space for tomatoes and basil, and the spearmint will probably grow well behind our garage. I'll spend the summer and fall testing our soil, plotting our garden space, and creating a plot and/or raised bed. For sure I'll be adding some compost from Growing Power, and starting our own compost pile behind the garage. I'm excited!

Seeds I started today:
  • Beefsteak (2)
  • Speckled Roman (2)
  • Silvery Fir Tree (2)
  • Moonglow (2)
  • Blondkopfchen (2)
  • Sweet Pea Currant (2)

  • Genovese Basil (24) - we need more pesto!
  • Basil Mix (6)
  • Spearmint (2)
  • Garlic chives - 4", scattered
  • Oregano (6)
  • Thyme - 8", scattered - about 20-30 seedlings
Parsley seeds need to soak for 24 hours, so those will be started tomorrow. I'm planning about 24 of those. I have cilantro, but won't start that for quite some time.


  1. Sounds like the gardening bug has bit! Nothing like getting your hands dirty & witnessing new life in your garden to lift your spirits - plus the bonus of the yummy harvest. Green thunb's-up to you!

  2. I love your blog! I haven't attempted to move my herbs indoors after the outdoor season has ended. Did you have them in a pot and just moved the pot indoors or did you transplant to a pot for the winter?