Starting Spring Crops from Seed

When soil reaches 45 degrees F, plant seeds outside:

Mizuna and Tatsoi (mild Asian Greens--often used in salad mix)

When soil reaches 50 degrees F, plant seeds or transplants outside :
Pak Choi,


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Welcome to the Bountiful Gardens Spring Newsletter

Start seeds indoors Feb-March:

Joan, thanks for the list! Time to get started!

I my run out of room for the indoor starts. Only have so many window sills! The main ones for me this year are hot peppers, sweet peppers, tomatoes, okra. Okra is not thought to do well in cool climates but I try anyway.

Oh - I started some oregano seeds a couple of weeks ago.  They are just showing tiny tiny leaves.  They are more for bee forage than for me, so I want lots of plants.  Cheaper to buy a packet of seeds.

I keep forgetting to check soil temp. I have the thermometer, just forget. Some seeds are up. I would very much like some snowpeas this year. Maybe I should start them indoors. The seeds seem to disappear. For the ones I planted outside, they are covered with chicken wire fencing, in case the reason the disappear arrives on wings or with a hopping down the bunny trail.

The radishes and turnips have germinated. Spinach is so so but the seeds were old.

Onion sets - about an inch tall so far.

Keeps me going.

I love oregano and have a very nice Greek one that does not get leggy. I'll send you some seeds next harvest season. The bees love it; walking by one can hear the buzz of bees, kind of part of the symphony of the garden. 

Right now, our temp is 15 degrees F and we have about an inch of new fallen snow, expecting more snow and rain starting tomorrow. 

The winds have pulled many pine branches down making a big mess. Cary swept them all up before the expected snow arrived to make shoveling easier. 

Buds on my Star Magnolia were just beginning to swell in the last warm spell. I will watch eagerly to see if they survive.  This has been a brutal winter for plants. Warm/freeze/thaw. Several cycles throughout the winter. What does not survive will be replaced with vegetables.  

I have not yet started seeds inside because of such strange weather. All me seeds that I chose take 50-60 days to maturity, so I will have season enough for their full development. Everything is ready: planter boxes, seed starting mix and seeds. 

The seeds I start outside will be staggered because I lose them to cold/wet soil conditions. The boxes are not as bad, of course, so it won't be too long before I start my lovely sweet peas and edible peas. 

It would be nice to have some oregano seeds from you, jusgt because they are from you! 


Allium-family plants are looking good here.  Winter onions, chives, garlic chives, garlic.  They came through the winter like champions.


I have some radishs, turnips sprouting in a covered bed.  FInally figured out how to consgtruct so the cover doesn't collapse.  They are tiny.  Seeds planted later might grow faster and pass them in growth, but it's nice to see something grow!


I have pepper plants and okra with flower buds in my window sill under fluorescent lights.  I don't know what will happen with those.  Way too early.


This week I planted snowpeas in small plastic flowerpots.  And 4 O'Clocks.  I save the containers year after year, so there is minimal waste and no cost, just because it makes me feel frugal.  I read 4 O'Clocks are deer resistant because of toxic leaves - distant nightshade relative - and they are a nostalgia plant.


Please enjoy your seed planting Joan!  I can picture you at your window sill planting and puttering.




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