I was able to collect seeds from last year’s garden to help off set this year’s seed purchase. Left from last year I had Dill, Melon, Snow Peas, Black Eyed Susan Vine, Coriander/Cilantro, Onion Chive, Cardinal Climber, Morning Glory, Basil, Snap Dragons, Nasturtium, Marigold, Sunflower, Lettuce, and Zinnia.
This year I bought all of my organic, vegetable seed from High Mowing in Vermont again. The beneficial plants and flowers I bought from random sources like Ebay, Amazon, and even locally. I like to buy the types of plants that serve 2 purposes; They look great and benefit the gardens by either attracting friendly garden insects or deterring them. I tend to shy away from plants that require maintenance or extra attention. (Therefore the Gladiolus will likely die off if they haven’t already.)
This season I have 9 varieties of Sunflower, 4 varieties of Marigold, 2 varieties of Gazania, 4 varieties of Lettuce, 2 varieties of Zinnia, 4 varieties of Tomatoes, 3 varieties of Pumpkins, 2 varieties of Nasturtium and 2 varieties of Cucumbers. I also have Kohlrabi, Gaillardia, Sweet Basil, Summer Squash, Delicata Squash, Acorn Squash, Swiss Chard, Jalapeno, Poblano, Zucchini, Alyssum, Bee Balm, Pyrethrum, Columbine, Borage, Purple Coneflower, Calendula, Butterfly Weed, Coleus, Radish, Kale, Cauliflower, Carrot, Beet, Hungarian Peppers, Mini Sweet Bell, Sweet Chocolate Bell, and F1 Melon.
For $99 I bought some shelving for inside the house where I could start some of the seeds in better conditions than years past. On 3/23/15 I started Tomatoes, Peppers, Coleus, Pyrethrum, Gazania, Gaillardia, and also put Purple Coneflower, Butterfly Weed, and Columbine in the refrigerator to either mimic the cold spell the seeds would typically see outdoors or in the case of the Coneflower, to stratify the seeds. I’ve set a schedule for starting other plants indoors as well as outdoors. Some need less of a head start, some need to germinate outdoors in colder temperatures and some after the last hard frost.
On Easter Sunday I planned on getting Snow Peas, Carrots, Radish, Kale and Lettuce in the ground. However, in true Buffalo fashion, it was snowing pretty hard. So I put it off a week. This weekend I plan on getting back out there to get them planted. They want to germinate in colder temperatures when the nights are still getting frost. As soon as you can work the soil, you can get these in the ground.
Meanwhile, despite the conditions outside, we were seeing signs of Snowdrops, Crocus, Tulips, Hyacinth, and Muscari in the beds. The Iris and Daylily are also showing a little bit already.
We’ll see what the Buffalo weather brings this weekend. We don’t want to fall too far behind early. The beds aren’t prepped or dressed, the pallet fence isn’t started, and we already see signs of critters nibbling on early growth. Basically, the critter war has already begun.
Cross your fingers that we beat the onslaught.