Friday, March 27, 2015

Grow, little plants!

Our next stop on our gardening journey is starting some seeds indoors. We got organic seeds from a variety of places. Locally, we shopped at the Good Foods Co-op, which has a nice selection of organic and heirloom seeds. I also ordered some from Territorial Seed Company. They have a very nice catalog. We also have catalogs from Nichols Garden Nursery, Seed Savers Exchange, and have some great Hadassah Flower Power certificates for Proper Plants locally. Each certificate you buy gives the Lexington Chapter of Hadassah a small percentage of the proceeds. So you can have beautiful plants and do a mitzvah, too. [Contact Vinnie Dubilier or email for more information.]

We only have a few sunny windows available in the house - this one above is in the new food prep pantry, on a dresser filled with canned goods. It faces north, so I have been rotating the plats to my office, which has the only two southwest facing windows in the house.

The pie shelf below was actually out in the garage holding gardening implements, but I dragged it into the house and placed it in my office at the sunniest window in the house. When it is past time for indoor seed starting, I will put it back in the garage.

So far, we have several garden plants started: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Peas, Peppers, and Tomatoes. I started these particular plants after receiving my weekly "personalized planting reminders" from Mother Earth News online. They have a variety of helpful tools to get your garden planned and growing, indoors, in pots and containers, or in the yard.

I also started several herb seeds. These can technically be planted anytime, and can be grown indoors as houseplants. But several varieties are perennials, which means if you plant them outdoors they will come back year after year. We are going to be putting those out front in the permanent raised beds (which aren't built yet, lol). While I was at it, I also bought several nice indoor pots for some of the herb seeds, just in case a late freeze or some other mishap kills the ones planned for outdoors. We also had herbs growing at our townhouse, in the landscaped area outside our front door.

Thyme, Oregano, Sage and Tarragon are herbs I use frequently, as well as many annuals such as Parsley and Cilantro/Coriander. We are going to plant two varieties of Thyme, English and French. I hope they will be far enough apart not to cross pollinate, but it won't be terrible if they aren't. I started several new rosemary bushes as well, to replace the dead ones. They are in pots, and I will bring them indoors in the fall. Apparently, our winters, usually mild, have since climate change included too many polar vortices (presumably, the plural of vortex though the spell-checker doesn't like it). Rosemary doesn't do well outside in sustained very cold weather.

Speaking of climate change, you can contact the Fayette County UK Ag Extension Office for the latest news on our planting dates and varieties of vegetables and fruits that do well in Central Kentucky.

If you would like help pondering what things you can grow in your space, let me know and I'll ponder with you. In the meantime, Pesach preparations continue apace. Hope you are enjoying the crazy spring weather, too - seventies one day, snow flurries the next. Ah, Kentucky.

1 comment:

TH in SoC said...

Congratulations on the start of your new urban homestead. I look forward to hearing more about it, and about your steps of personal adaptation.