200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
March 8 is Seed Starting Day
I printed and filled out the book that Karen Sue sent me the link for, here, using Memorial Day as the last frost date. According to the book, 12 weeks before the last frost, you should be sowing indoors broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, head lettuce, onion, and parsley. If you don't get them started, it looks like it's OK to start them the following week. I highlighted the things I have seeds for, so it's easy to see that I should be starting something March 8th and then I don't need to start anything else until March 29th.
I know this stuff isn't written in stone. The world doesn't end if I don't get stuff started exactly when it's supposed to be started. Some magical finger from the sky doesn't point down and say, "No! Stop. You missed your chance to start those seeds!" But I'm a beginner. Last year was my first try at starting seeds and exactly ZERO things I started survived to food-hood. I need easy guidelines to follow. A trail of crumbs that cannot be mistaken. Actually, maybe it's a trail of stepping stones, painted bright yellow .. with signs that say, "Do this now," "Now, do this," "Next, this." I feel so inadequate for the challenge.
I've read about lights and soil and germinating things in paper towels on top of the refrigerator, propagating, transplanting inside and out, newpaper starting pots, etc, etc. All it makes me is confused. I can design things in my head. Do complex calculations, just like that. Keep 10 projects gracefully in progress at the same time. But I don't understand gardening. At all.
I think what I'm going to do is find some dirt and put seeds into it on the appointed days. Even if I do nothing else right, it's more right things than I did last year, and if I accidentally get something to eat out of this, then so much the better. There's still a chance to learn a thing or two as the season progresses. Next year I'll do better ... I hope.