Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Is it March Already?

March Seed Starting 1
I have to apologize for being rather MIA lately, but it's not for lack of interest I can assure you. Admittedly, I've had a lot on my mind lately. In addition to the garden, I'm hoping to take on one or two other major projects this year - things I've been wanting to accomplish for a long time now but for one reason or another have not been able to get around to doing. I didn't have a New Year's resolution for 2011, but if I had to come up with one right now, "more doing and less dreaming" sounds like a good one. We'll see how well that goes.

March Seed Starting 3
Unfortunately there's not much to report on the gardening front. From the steady snow melt, we're starting to see some lawn - a welcomed sight indeed! But we still have to wait a while longer before we can put garden fork to soil again. I'm hoping to get the hoop house cleaned up within the next couple of weeks and get the first seedlings in the ground shortly after that - that is if the flood waters don't come this year.

Inside I have some lettuce, spinach, Napa cabbage, tatsoi, mizuna and bok choy growing away. They look healthy and I'm glad to report that the green aphids have not developed into anything more than being a minor nuisance. Let's hope it stays that way.

March Seed Starting 2
Another tray of scallions, leeks, celery and artichokes is also well underway. Earlier this week, I also sowed some broccoli, herbs, strawberries (a day-neutral variety easily started from seeds called "Sarian") and a second round of spring greens.

Things are moving fact and hopefully by this time next month, the shelves will be filled to capacity. How is your seed starting coming along?


  1. I'm afraid I haven't planted anything yet! :(
    This is partly due to lack of seeds, pots, compost etc because it all went up in the fire and partly because I've been project managing some renovation work inside the house ......I do plan to plant some stuff this weekend though :)

  2. Did some potting up today, and am hoping to sow some herbs and greens later in the day.

    Your seedlings look healthy and happy!

  3. Give us a clue?

    Your seedlings look very happy. May your doing be as successful. I have a feeling it will be :-)

  4. I am long time silent follower, Great blog.

    I was wondering if you wrote about the seed starting setup that you have in these pictures

  5. your seedlings look so strong!
    about how old are they at this point?

  6. My seed starting is coming along well. This morning I spent 4 hours re-potting and moving everything around downstairs. I even had to start up the second germinating table!

  7. We have a new lighting setup this year (done on the cheap) and with the seedling mats almost all of our Yellow Wonder strawberries are germinating. We've got several toms, peppers, herbs, eggplants, garden huckleberry, and ground cherries starting. I'd better make a post. on my b log.

  8. ooooh your seedlings look great! I need to repot mine in the next week, it's been hard finding time for it lately with other projects going on!

  9. Beautiful, tell us what the projects are!!!!The suspense is killing me..hehe

  10. Your seedlings look great! I got tomato seeds sown this week, now I need to do peppers and eggplant. March is always a busy month for me.

  11. Yes, it does happen to be March :)
    Your seedlings look amazing! I like your seed starting set-up too, very similar to mine except I'm jealous of your black shop-lights!

  12. We haven't even started seeds yet. Due to space constraints we must do it in the garage and temps have been too cold. Most of the beds are frost free now so I'm planning on cleaning them up direct sowing some early crops this weekend. Will also try to get something started with the heat mats in the greenhouse. Fingers crossed.

  13. My alpine strawberries are doing well, it's interesting to see that the Yellow Wonder seems to be doing better than the Red. Slowly but surely! In a few weeks I will need to repot! Anna in MD.

  14. Except for my onions, your seedlings are so far ahead of mine. I just started planting the other spring seedlings yesterday.

  15. I am about at the same place with my seed starting. I have many trays of broccoli, kale, onions, leeks, lettuces, asian greens, artichokes, celery, peppers, and tomatoes going. This weekend, I did some shuffling around and got more kale, lettuces, and asian greens going and some basil, Ssuk Gat and Red Shiso as well. I repotted the more tomatoes this weekend as well. I have one more group of them that will be reading for repotting about two weeks from now. The last big round of seed starting will be in about two or three weeks - when I get all the cucurbit family plants going - pumpkins, melons, winter squash, zucchini, and cucumbers.

    Your seedlings are looking healthy and beautiful (as usual!) and you should be ready to rock and roll once the melt has finished and the soil has had a chance to drain and warm up a abit.

  16. Hi Thomas..

    Thanks for the use of your photos in my upcoming book - you really take great shots!

    We are also including a few garden profiles in the book and would like to feature your garden. Can you e-mail me at to chat about this?


  17. Beautiful seedlings, they look healthy and strong.
    Jonathan has grown a lot since the last photo.