Today, I started my first batch of seedlings. Ironic, as we had snow last night and are going to have another snow/ice storm tonight. But there’s only 8 weeks left until the last expected frost date, and I can play it a bit risky since my garden is strictly in containers, so I can pull them inside if need be.
Today’s planting included:
- “Sun Gold” Cherry Tomatoes – A hybrid, unfortunately, but from a reputable company called Botanical Interests. According to them, this is one of their best selling tomato seeds. I lucked out, it was in the 50 cent bin of last year’s seeds, but the package says 2008 (I didn’t notice until I brought them home). These are usually pretty expensive, $3.00 for one packet, so hopefully they are as good as the advertising says they are.
- Sweet Basil
- “San Marzano” Pole Tomatoes – Not on sale, but I’m still excited! These are going to hopefully make wonderful pasta sauces. The company seems very reputable. They advertise 100% organically grown, and 100% open-pollinated. This means that if I really like them, then I can save the seeds myself for next year.
- Savory – Also from Botanical Interests, but this variety is an heirloom seed, so I may try to save this one as well. If you have never cooked with savory, you really should try it. The name perfectly matches the taste, I especially like using it in potpies as it really helps to deepen the flavor of the cooking liquids.
- Rosemary – Another heirloom seed by Botanical Interests.
- Coreopsis – According to Botanical Interests, this easy to grow flower has continuous blooms throughout summer, strong stems for cut flowers, they attract butterflies, and the flowers are edible! What’s not to like? They recommend starting these directly outside, but since it says that they can also be started inside, I figure I’ll give a couple a try to get a head start. I can’t wait for my colorful summer salads!
For more to get you into the gardening mood: