A Time to Sow (Almost)

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

With freshly fallen snow melting away, I find my thoughts wandering often to the season of warmth.  This winter was COLD (by southern standards at least), even dipping into the single digits! On the eve of March, daffodils are coming up strong and there are ample mud puddles – sure signs of spring.  Hopefully she comes in like a lamb.

Anticipation is building as we prepare to sow our second garden.  With one year under our belts, we’re starting out a bit wiser and with the advantage of having our garden built and ready for planting.

But we also have a new challenge – experimenting with heirloom seeds.  Thanks to a wonderful Christmas gift from my mom, we have 50 varieties of organic heirloom seeds that, theoretically, will continue to produce for years to come.

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This will be a new adventure as I have absolutely no experience with heirloom seeds, but I’m intrigued.  I also have several packets of the John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds we ordered last year that will be a nice compliment to the heirloom seeds.
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In reality, I’m a couple of weeks behind getting the seeds started indoors, but considering last year we were scrambling to cover the plants to protect them from frost, being a bit later transplanting won’t be a deal breaker.  I spent the evening plotting out what we need to start growing indoors and when items will need to be moved or direct sown in the garden.

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I found a helpful tool to assist with this process on The Old Farmer’s Almanac website.  By entering my zip code, it gave me a personalized planting and harvesting chart for various vegetables.

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This weekend we’ll need to tackle planting the tomato, pepper, eggplant and cucumber seeds, as we look forward to a time to reap.

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