This March, I concentrated my efforts on researching and starting up my businesses – and I avoided planting my garden seeds until this past weekend. In fact, though I knew I was blowing the seed starting schedule for many seeds, I had not done any additional homework about these seeds of mine until last week. I’ve not completed the list, by far, however here’s an image to show you the crops that I should have started earlier, based on our May 3rd frost-free date. (See, last year I thought frost-free was three weeks later; no wonder i had such a paltry garden.)
FWIW, it’s still worthwhile planting your own seeds, if you have them, because I found out last week that a lot of greenhouse seedlings are treated with neonicotinoid pesticides at the seed/seedling stage, and I do not want anything that will harm native pollinators in my garden. So I use seed I’ve saved, and some I bought.
Here is a little pictorial of how I’m starting some rhubarb seeds, which I collected when I was in Ontario and saw a plant sending up its flowers (long since gone) and seeds.
All seeds I started so far get the bag treatment. I don’t have a flourescent grow light for them – still kicking myself for giving a big one away to the SPCA a few years ago, they certainly threw it out – so all my seeds sit right next to the window.
In less than a week, I’m going to catch up on all those seeds I’m way overdue on. Then I’ll plant more according to schedule, including sowing directly outside as soon as the snow melts (some can handle the threat of frost). This year, that garden is going to burst.