Our box of seeds from Territorial arrived this week, with two more coming shortly. My mouth waters for kohlrabi, tromboncini summer squash, snow peas and broccoli as I spread the seed packets out on the table. We’ll be starting our Walla Walla onions in a few weeks, and I can already feel the potting soil between my fingers…
January is a great time to start planning your garden. Will you build raised beds in the front yard? Plant pots of tomatoes in the courtyard? Till up a 100×100 patch for some cucumbers and green beans? Think about the vegetables you want gracing your table in 5+ months. I recommend High Mowing as all their seeds are organic, or Johnny’s Seeds or Territorial Seed as three great starting places. And I recommend you start with just one catalog as it’s easy to get overwhelmed. They all give good advice about each vegetable, with Johnny’s perhaps offering the best suggestions. You can order print copies of catalogs, or peruse their catalogs online.
My weekly newsletter from Slow Food, USA suggested one of three interactive garden planners if you are the kind of person who loves pushing buttons rather than pencil and paper… Aside from that dimension, these sites hold lots of information. I checked them out, and recommend them to you, especially the Gardener’s Supply planner and the Mother Earth Interactive Planner.
Later I’ll offer a step-by-step tutorial on starting seeds indoors and then later still on successfully transplanting starts outside, but for now dream, make a plan, get some seed, and gear up to plant some food!
From Slow Food, USA:
· With the Mother Earth News Interactive Vegetable Garden Planner, you can quickly get the data you need to juggle the needs of dozens of different crops and design the best garden for your climate. Free for 30 days.
· Better Homes and Gardens’ free “Plan-a-Garden” tool lets you design anything from a patio-side container garden to your whole yard.
· With the Kitchen Garden Planner by Gardener’s Supply, you can choose to a pre-planned garden or use their interactive tool to design a backyard vegetable garden using space-saving raised-beds.
· … And for the technophiles, of course “there’s an app for that.” Garden Plan Pro for iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC adapts to your location to help you grow fruit, vegetables and herbs to the best of their ability, whatever the size or shape of your garden or plot with reminders of when to plant and gardening tips.”