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The Season of Growing

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Believe it or not, Spring is not that far away.

About a month ago I had ordered a seed catalog and last night I sat down to look through it. I had wanted to try my hand at growing kale this year, but was looking for specific variety "tronchuda beira" or Portuguese kale. We just can't buy it in our local markets, and my MIL smuggled hers into Canada from the Azores, so she didn't know where to buy any. NOTE: When looking for something obscure always try Amazon first, they have almost EVERYTHING. We found a few places that had these seeds, but at $5 a packet, we decided against it for this year.

The catalog I was looking at was Seed Savers Exchange, and while they had a fantastic variety of seeds, they were going to charge me $8 to ship 6 seed packets. $24 total for six friggin' packs of seeds! Do seed packets really need to be shipped UPS ground? (And if you've been with me for a while you'll know that UPS and I DO NOT get along. So I decided to order from a website called Park Seed. They had a free shipping code for first time orders if you spent $40. Here's what I got:

Item # Description Qty Price
06456 Park's Original Bio Dome with 40 Jumbo Cells 1 $24.95
06235-PK-50 Plant Tags White Birch 4-inch - Pack of 50 1 $3.95
06626-PK-22 Round 3 inch Jiffy Pots - Pack of 22 1 $3.50
96219 Soil Moist Moisture Extender 1 $2.95
52550-PK-P1 Lacinato Kale Seeds 1 $1.95
05411-PK-P1 Rainbow Blend Heirloom Tomato Seeds 1 $1.95
05437-PK-P1 Chocolate Cherry Tomato Seeds 1 $1.25
05893-PK-P1 Sweet Green Organic Basil Seeds 1 $0.83

Now all I need to do is once the seeds are started and ready to be transplanted is get some veggie potting soil with tons of nutrients to mix into my grow bags. That and I special hose I can hook up to my kitchen sink so I don't need to haul heavy watering cans back and forth 75 times.

I used my happy light this morning for the first time. Yesterday was a bit dramaful at work so hopefully today will be less so, and I can calm down a bit. So far I've had two employees text me that they will be late, so it's 10:15 and I'm still alone in the backroom (well except for Bingley) and that's okay with me. I'm making myself drink 20 oz of water before I have my next cup of coffee. Good thing I have a bathroom close by!

It's going to be a dog full house today at work: Katy and Bingley are already here, and Teddy and Lucy are due in at any minute. Should be fun! I really love taking my dog to work. =)

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    I am doing a garden this year in my raised bed I got for my birthday!! I cannot wait. I was going to buy the plants at the store...but is it better to start the seeds myself? Hmm. I have some thinking and planning to do!
    I'm so excited to have my own veg though! We were giong to do a CSA share again, but this way I'm going to get exactly what I want! I can't wait!!!
    1765 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder, I need to start my seeds this weekend
    1766 days ago
    i don't know about shipping to your area--but if you want the most beautiful seed catalog you have ever seen, go to and request a catalog. it is baker creek heirloom seeds in missouri. i just got my first batch of seed from them--they are a bit pricier but they have an exceptional variety of open pollinated stuff. i don't know if you get the johnny's selected seed catalog--they might be worth looking into as well. you will love the chocolate cherry tomato--i grow "black cherry" and it is my FAVE.
    1766 days ago
    Will you be doing container gardening or in the ground?? You've got some snow headed your way tonight!!
    1767 days ago
    I know what you mean. It is still cold here and still February and our last frost date is Mother's day, so I won't be planting much very soon - but those first few mild-ish evenings after the cold, with the sunlight staying just a tiny bit later in the evening and coming up just a bit earlier in the morning all bring thoughts of vegetables and flowers and gardens to mind for me, too. It is hard not to want to get started. I thought about starting stuff in the house, but my baby cat, Bryce, loves to eat and/or dig in plants. I'm going to hav e to rig up a same place in the house where that little twit can't destroy my new seedlings.

    Good luck on your Kale! emoticon emoticon
    1767 days ago
    I wish I could bring Issa to work! Seems like that would kill any stress pretty immediately.
    1767 days ago
    I love the idea of growing your own food. I have tried container gardening (since I live in an apartment), but my success rate makes it not economically worthwhile. My Dad always had a large garden with a couple dozen tomato plants, potatoes, carrots, squash, okra, broccoli, cabbage, winter spinach and lettuces. Consequently, I grew up loving veggies--thank goodness. I'm excited for you.
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    1767 days ago
    I love Amazon. I always say that if it is not available at Amazon then it is probably not available anywhere.
    1767 days ago
    We grow some vegetables, too. It's so fun!
    Have a great day!
    1767 days ago
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