seed catalogs

 
 
I received the Adaptive Seeds catalog today. Excellent reading. It will keep me busy at least several days to read all the way through it. A few days ago I got FarmTek, Johnny’s Seeds, and McMurray‘s Hatchery. If reading catalogs brings the spring on sooner, I’m there.
 

when to plant spring seeds

 
 
To time when I plant my seeds, I use an app that I’ve written. Skippy’s Vegetable planting calendar. We’ve been working on this for a few years and a new update is due out next month. This update makes the app retain settings and fills in some missing planting information and is free for any previously purchased apps. I have about 100 vegetable varieties that I’ll plant this year. The app is a very simple way of planning when to plant vegetable seeds. This year I entered info from all…
 

my tried-and-true, old favorite vegetable varieties

 
 
Bush beans, Jumbo, big flat pods Mini broccoli, Happy Rich, broccolini that keeps producing all season Green storage cabbage, Murdoc, a big storage variety, very mild Popcorn, Robust 997, super yields, great popping and taste Pickling cucumber, Salt and Pepper, small white cuke, chartreuse inside Seedless cucumber, Diva, my favorite cuke for many years, can be finicky to get started Asian mini eggplant, Hansel, awesome yields of small black Asian type fruits Black round Italian eggplant, Barbarella, low yields but the best taste ever Broad-leaved Escarole, Natacha, a beautiful plant…
 

fall and winter garden planning

 
 
I’ve finished planting most of my fall vagarables now. This week I’ll plant a couple more. Fall vegetables are ones I harvest before they are killed by cold weather and don’t use any cold protection. I’m beginning to plan my winter bed now. I’ll use the same double layered tunnel that’s worked well for me the past couple years. I’ll fill this bed with crops that are full grown by early November so I’ll be able to harvest them all winter. My fall vegetables: beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce,…
 

fall planting with my calendar app

 
 
Please go to Apple Store for the current update on Skippy’s Calendar app. It corrects the bug on the fall date changer. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about fall planting. I planted my Brussels sprouts a couple days ago. I’m hoping to have some for Thanksgiving this year. It seems pretty far ahead to plan for that!
 

update of planting calendar apps

 
 
I’m so excited about our new updates of our planting calendar apps! I think they are great. We put a lot of work into both our Vegetable and our Flower & Herb app. – We added many, many more plants. Now more than 100 vegetables and 100 flowers & herbs. – We added an “info page” for all of the plants that describes how to plant and grow it. – We added many photos of plants we have grown. – And … we added several photos of Skippy, helping out…
 

2017 seed sowing

 
 
Here’s my 2017 planting list that I’ll add to as I continue to plant. I’m noting in () the season the seeds were sold for. I’ll mark if they germinated for me. I plant a lot of different varieties but the amounts of each are small and I risk no germination for many by planting old seeds until they don’t germinate. Everything is at 70 degrees F for germination and growing this year, except the peppers that will go at 78 degrees F for germination. February 23, sow indoors under…
 

it’s time to plant onions!

 
 
I sowed my first seeds of the season. A tray with several types of onions, leeks, and celeriac. My planting calendar said it was time. I couldn’t find my leftover plant labels from last year, so I cut up a plastic tofu container. I’ll get better labels before I need to mark the rows outside. I’ll start up a post soon with a list of the onion varieties I planted. I’ll continue fill in this list as I plant more seeds. Next on my planting schedule are cabbages and escarole,…
 

app updates

 
 
I’ve been working on updates to Skippy’s Calendar apps. It’s really fun – like imagining a summer garden in the middle of winter! We’ll have more plants and more seed sowing information added to both our Flower & Herb app and our Vegetable app. Updates will be available in a week or two (or three) to all purchases made now or later.
 
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