Monday, March 28, 2011

Garden Update + Need SEEDS Cheap?

As I've mentioned before, I get obsessive about a subject when planning. That's how the garden plan has been this weekend. I noticed, after checking here that we're a few weeks behind on getting our seeds going. Most of them we should have planted 6-8 weeks before the last frost date for our area, which is between April 15-21st.

Seed Starting Calendar

There is so much to think about when planning a garden. The little one and I sat down and looked through gardening company's catalogs. It was a good lesson in Science as we discussed plant spacing, growing season, potentially doing a doubling planting (planting another round of plants later in the season, also called Successive Planting) and how much room we will have.

Video on Successive Planting (ie: Autumn Harvesting)

One thing I recommend as you're going through a catalog is to write things down. I kept a list of the Vegetable Name, what catalog it was in, how many seeds in a packet, cost, page number and item number. I then input it all into a table and sorted by vegetable name. This way I could see which catalog had the best price in what vegetables. Yes, I'm weird like this.

My mom as well as a fellow homeschooling family are considering joining us in planting the gardens in our back yard. We have a large 30-70' area that we're adding 4 beds to (we already have 2.)

One of the seed companies, Jung Seeds, has an online program for planning your garden, free for the first 30 days. Imagine my delight, planning out a fancy schmancy plan and I was even able to print it! It told me how many seeds I need, when I need to get them in the ground and I even set the program for two growing rounds, some of the plants can be replanted sometime in July/August for a fall harvesting. How wonderful!

Here is what we decided on finally:

The little one is looking forward to the watering and caring of the baby plants. We will be starting some indoors after the seeds arrive this weekend. She has claimed the carrots as her own, her special food. I told her she had to share in the bounty but I'm not sure she's buying it!

I realize even though we have a huge space to plant, the packets come with SO many seeds. So I thought, after the seeds get here, I could split them up and split the costs with probably 2 people. If anyone is interested, just holler and I'll tell you how much and how many seeds you'll get of each (approximately.) No need to waste them. I don't think seeds are good next year. Who wants to grow with me?!

P.S. I'm ignoring the fact that there is late snow on my ground once again. It will warm up this week!

P.P.S.S. For those frivolous minded people like MY family members, you can play a game that really has nothing to do with gardening at all but is wildly fun: Plants VS. Zombies - link is a reputable company, CNET (it's a trial version).  Can also be found as a free demo download on your Playstation 3. Oh yeah, I forgot the teen has it as a download on her cell phone so you might check your phone's market for free downloads, if you have 'nothing' to do.

NOTE: Don't forget to see my new 'Garden Gurus' page at the top for more gardening information and links.


MissMOE said...

I LOVE planning for my garden. Enjoy your time planning--can't wait to read more post about your garden.

Ellen said...

I've only been raised-bed gardening one year. I learning through a lot of mistakes. I'm heading over to the "plan your garden" site to see what else I'm supposed to already know!

Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more of your posts. ~ Ellen

schmobes said...

Wow! Thanks for the info and links. We are just starting to plan our garden, I might have to check out that planning site!

Teri said...

I know that I need to attempt SOMETHING in the gardening world, but honestly know that I am Morticia Addams when it comes to this stuff!
I personally LOVE the descriptive header to your blog and laughed while reading it! ;0) I found you through the Hip Homeschool Hop! ;0)

Our Side of the Mountain said...

We were excited to begin planning our gardens this season! My 12-year-old son plans our 12x6 veggie garden. He ALWAYS likes to try different veggies each year and does very well with keeping us supplied in yumminess from late June-end of September. And my daughter is planning her first garden this year - FLOWERS. Fun stuff! Stopping by from Hip Homeschool Hop!


Steph @ MomKaboodle said...

Oh boy, I can use all the gardening help that I can get! I have a horribly brown improvement over the black thumb that I used to have, though!

We do try every is getting better!

I'm your newest follower, and I'm visiting you from the HHH!

amber @ classichousewife said...

I'm such a garden failure! I'm going to be giving it another go, a real go, this Spring. *biting nails.*

Here from the HHH.

bio carve said...

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