Less scatterbrained planning

The 2 year old finally chilled out long enough for a couple cells in my head to stop rattling and I made a list for what to grow. We went to Lowes for a few things and I found onion and potato starts so I got those to try out – russet and red potatoes and red and white onions. I got some of the seeds I wanted, plus “organic dirt” for the peat pots I also got. I was keeping a running tally in my head and ended up not getting the porta-greenhouse. Maybe later when I have a client or 2. I also went through my dad’s seed stash and pulled out a few to try, even though they are from 1997-2001. Worth a shot!

I’ll get a “before” photo of the garden up this weekend as well as the set up I end up with for the seed starting! I can’t wait to take the garden spot from where it is now to what I know it can be!

Anyway, my list:

  • Russet potato
  • Red potato
  • Red onion
  • White onion
  • Cucumber (slicing and pickling, some from my dad’s stash, some new)
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Green pepper
  • Roma tomato
  • Zucchini
  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Sugar snap & snow peas
  • Lettuce
  • Crookneck squash
  • Jalapeno (from my dad’s stash)
  • Corn – maybe
  • Herbs:
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Chives
    • Cilantro
    • Thyme
    • Parsley
    • Sage – maybe, from my dad’s stash
2 replies
  1. Daphne
    Daphne says:

    For the really old seeds try pregerminating some of the seeds to make sure they are viable. Just throw them in a damp paper towel in a plastic bag over the fridge. Take a look over about a week or two to see what is actually still alive.

  2. Nancy Bond
    Nancy Bond says:

    That’s a good tip about testing the seeds — keep them moist by spraying the paper towel and see if they germinate. If more than 50% sprout, they’re likely okay to use. Less than that, and you might want to buy a few new ones, rather than be disappointed. 🙂 I’ve used seeds nearly as old as this with success. Good luck!


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