Ring in the New Year with Seattle Tilth Classes

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Seattle tilth fall classes

The Seattle Tilth has a crazy good line up of classes to kick off your new year! Never heard of the Seattle Tilth? It’s such a cool organization. They inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They have been providing hands-on education in organic agriculture for 36 years. They believe that all people deserve access to healthy, nutritious food {me too!} and that changing the way in which we grow, cook and eat food has the potential to transform people’s lives as well as the communities in which we live {again, me too!}.

Check out what classes and events they have coming up:

Veggie Gardening
SeedlingsLearn how to grow food successfully in the city.
Organic Gardening 101 Sat., Jan. 17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Organic Gardening 101 Sat., Feb. 14; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Organic Gardening 101 Sat., Mar. 21; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Start Seeds Indoors Wed., Jan. 21; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Start Seeds Indoors Sat., Feb. 7; 10 a.m.-noon
Start Seeds Indoors Wed., Feb. 25; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Smart Garden Planning Sat., Feb. 7; 2-4 p.m.
Smart Garden Planning Tue., Feb. 24; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Smart Garden Planning Wed., Mar. 18; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Composting 101 Sat., Feb. 21; 2-4 p.m.
Comprehensive Organic Gardener Mar. 25-Apr. 15
Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Permaculture & Sustainable Landscapes
Go beyond basic veggie gardening.
Intro to Permaculture Sat., Jan. 24; 2-5 p.m.
Chicks

Intro to Permaculture Sat., Feb. 28; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grow Fruit in Small Spaces Tue., Feb. 17; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Urban Livestock Classes
Find out what it takes to raise urban farm critters.
Backyard Beekeeping 101 Sat., Jan. 24; 10 a.m.-noon
Backyard Beekeeping 101 Wed., Feb 11; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Backyard Beekeeping 101 Sat., Mar 7; 10 a.m.-noon
Beekeeping 201: Start Your Hive Wed., Feb. 18; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Beekeeping 201: Start Your Hive Sat., Mar. 7; 2-4 p.m.
All About Chickens Sat., Feb. 21; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
All About Chickens Sat., Mar. 21; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Raise City Rabbits Sat., Mar. 22; 10 a.m.-noon

Opportunities for Kids
FlowerKidsWEBChildren and youth can learn about worms, insects and pollinators, and explore our natural environment in hands-on science based learning.

Garden Tours
Good Shepherd Center Children’s Garden and
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Farm Field Studies
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Mobile Classrooms
At a location of your choice

Check out their calendar of classes or see the full list. They’ll be adding classes throughout the year, so check back often for new listings!

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The Difference Between Organic Seeds and Heirloom Seeds

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The Difference Between Organic Seeds and Heirloom Seeds

It’s that time of year again…yep, time to order seeds for your garden.  Wahoo!  If you are new to gardening, you have probably heard people toss around the words “organic” and “heirloom,” but have you ever wondered what each one meant?  Before you buy your seeds, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of the difference between the two.  Even though they are occasionally used interchangeably, they really aren’t the same thing.

organic vegetables

Organic seeds/plants must be certified “organic,” which here in the U.S. requires the Department of Agriculture {though, other certifications are more reliable}.   They must adhere to specific growing guidelines, i.e. natural fertlizer, pesticides, fungicides, only–no chemicals whatsoever.  They cannot have been genetically modified in any way.  Organic plants/seeds can potentially be “hybrids,” though, meaning that they have been artificially cross pollinated with other varieties to get the best possible characteristics out of each variety.

pineapple tomato seeds

Heirloom plants/seeds are a little bit different.  They are seeds {or plants grown from heirloom seeds} that have been passed down from generation to generation.  They have only been open pollinated, which basically means that any changes in the characteristics of the plant {i.e. fruit production, hardiness} have happened completely naturally over time.  Because heirlooms are kind of the “old school” method–where nature did the work, there is no worry of GMO’s with heirloom seeds/plants {unless it unknowingly has cross-pollinated with a nearby GMO crop, I guess}.

parsnip seeds

Typically, to qualify as an heirloom, the variety must be at least 40 years old.  The advantage of heirlooms is that they have developed, over time, certain resistances to pests and diseases.  They have also learned to thrive in certain climates, despite conditions that might otherwise knock newer plants out.

While you can definitely buy heirloom seeds, they best way to get them is locally through seed exchanges.  That way, the variety has become well-suited to your area, over years and years of growing seasons.  Typically, heirlooms have superior taste, quality, hardiness, etc. when compared to all other seeds.  Most of the time, whether intentional or not, heirloom seeds will have been grown under organic conditions {though, that is not a requirement of the heirloom title, so you can’t count on it.}

How to Save Tomato Seeds

Once you find heirloom varieties that you love, saving you own seeds is the best way to ensure that they quickly adapt to your soil and growing conditions over your lifetime.

At the very least, I hope that kind of cleared up any confusion over the two.  I swear, everytime you start a new hobby, the biggest hurdle is learning the vocabulary.

Now, go plant something!

~Mavis

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Dividing and Transplanting English Ivy

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english ivy

Yesterday I went outside with the intention of pulling weeds and ended up pulling up English ivy instead. Maybe you think English ivy is a weed, but I don’t. In fact I’m kind of in love with the stuff. ;)
english ivy roots

Yes, English ivy is invasive and can get pretty out of control if you don’t keep on top of it, but, in the right setting, it’s a magnificent {and low maintenance, and cheap} ground cover. If I lived in a brick house, I’d have it growing up the walls and around the windows, I LOVE ivy that much.

English ivy on a hill

But right now we just have a patch of it growing along the side yard between our property and our neighbors. The ivy is kind of in the way for what I want to do there, so yesterday, I decided I would dig it up. pulling up English Ivy

And attempt to transplant it somewhere else on the property.
hillside

Last week I thought I might plant a nice row/hedge of blueberry plants alongside our property. But then I took a tape measure out there and figured I would need to purchase about 25 blueberry bushes for it to look right. And at $15 a piece, I quickly decided paying $325 + tax to line the side yard with bushes {any kind of bushes really} would be a big waste of money on my part.

transplanting English Ivy

After all, this is NOT our forever house. Not even close. We basically found a good deal in a neighborhood we liked, decided that if we did some remodeling, cleaned up the yard a bit and re-painted the whole place, we’d probably be able to flip this puppy in a few years and be ahead. It’s a good house, but I am not in LOVE with it. So really, why spend a ton of money on landscaping because the reality is, you and I may love the idea of a blueberry hedge, but the next guy probably won’t care.

transplanting English Ivy

Just like we didn’t care for the 15 rhododendrons in various shapes and sizes that littered the hillside when we moved in. {Now only 3 are left! Soon to be ZERO. Woohoo!}manicured English Ivy

This is my end goal. This is a picture of a corner lot down the street from us. Their hillside is covered in English ivy and I love the way it looks. Neat, clean, and easy to maintain. I of course will make sure I keep a good 12″ border between the ivy and the trees though. :)

I’m not sure exactly how fast ivy grows, but I hope it’s quick.

Do YOU have ivy growing at your place? Do you love it? Hate it?

~Mavis

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Tips for Seed Shopping From Catalogs

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Hopefully, you’ve ordered all of your seed catalogs, spread them out, rolled in them with sheer glee and are ready to get busy ordering.  {If not, don’t worry, you’re not to late.  You can check out my list of seed catalogs to get started.}

Ordering from seed catalogs is a great way to get around the fact that most stores only order the most popular selling seeds–which really limits the variety of plants you can grow.  Plus, you have complete control over colors and plants that will grow in the space you have {i.e. container friendly seeds, seeds that thrive in shade or cooler weather, etc.}.  Over the years, I’ve learned a couple of tricks to ordering from the catalogs.  Because I’ve learned most of them through trial and error, I thought I’d pass them on, and save you a little time.

  1. Don’t over-order.  Seriously, this is the biggest mistake you can make with catalogs.  Most catalogs are full of enticing pictures that make you think you have 50 acres worth of planting space.  I suggest planning out your garden space first, then ordering the seeds…seeds are cheap, but when you order 25 packets more than you needed, it starts to add up.
  2. Sign up for emails from your favorite catalogs.  MOST seed companies will offer free shipping over the course of the year, and since sometimes shipping is more than the actual seeds, it pays to get an email alerting you when shipping will be free.
  3. Read the growing conditions carefully before ordering.  Not every plant thrives in every zone, so even the best seeds won’t produce plants/flowers.
  4. If possible, stick with organic, untreated, and/or heirloom seeds over hybrid seeds.  Most seed companies let you know if they are Non-GMO, so that’s not as much of a concern, but heirlooms usually produce better tasting crops–and give you a chance to sample something  you will likely never find in the grocery store.  Organic and untreated seeds will at least ensure that your seeds have not been produced using dangerous chemicals.
  5. If you have a small garden space, consider ordering with a friend.  A packet of tomato seeds can literally serve a whole neighborhood if you only need a plant or two.  Might as well divide and conquer.
  6. KEEP your seed catalogs after you have ordered.  Circle all of the seeds you ordered.  Make a note right in the seed catalog about how you liked the plant, growing tips you picked up over the season, etc.  That way, you will know exactly what you liked and what you don’t want to try again as the years roll on.
  7. My favorite seeds are Botanical Interests, but I came to that decision after trying several different seed companies and comparing results.  If you are a newbie, try a couple different companies.  You may find that one company seeds are better suited for your area/liking.
  8. Shop early so that you have plenty of time to start your seeds indoors.
  9. Tack on extra time to the “days to maturity” estimate on the seed description/packet.  That is just an estimate, and in my experience, it always takes longer.  If you are expecting it, you can plan a little better.

That’s pretty much all I’ve learned {only really knowing 9 things seems kind of pathetic now that I see it in writing}.  What tips do YOU have for gardeners that are new to the seed catalog world?

~Mavis

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Giveaway: {2} $100 Gift Certificates to Fast Growing Trees!

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I’m ringing in the new year with one of my favorite giveaways: a $100 gift certificate to Fast Growing Trees to TWO of my lucky readers!! Yippeee. If ever there was a great way to kick off 2015, this is it!!

meyer lemon tree

I loved {and miss terribly} Lemon, my Meyer Lemon Tree I ordered from Fast Growing Trees last year. She was accidentally left behind during our move this fall. :( Little Lemon was the best tree, and since Fast Growing Trees knew I loved her so much, and because they are so amazing, they sent me ANOTHER Meyer Lemon Tree to replace her. I’m not sure I can love that company any more!

The Best Meyer Lemon Recipes

While I’ve only had this Meyer Lemon Tree a few days, my old lemon tree produced so many Meyer lemons, I was able to make some of the most delicious recipes, like this Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake or this Meyer Lemon Marmalade! YUM! When you have a tree that produces so much fruit, the possibilities are endless.

Meyer Lemon Blossom

Just like when I got Lemon, Fast Growing Trees did all the hard work. I didn’t have to haul the new tree from the store, get the back of our truck filthy or worry about it tipping over on the way home.  They make it so simple, so all you have to do is search their easy-to-navigate website, find the tree you love and click. The energy it takes to click a mouse is all you have to exert to get a tree right to your doorstep. I mean seriously?! Tell me that’s not awesome!

meyer lemon tree fast growing trees

In addition to how simple it is to order the tree, and how speedy fast the shipping is, they do an amazing job packing their trees so they arrive in perfect shape, ready to be planted. Just like when I got Lemon, the root ball on this tree was in perfect shape too and there were already tons of lemon buds just like last time!

Plus, their customer service is awesome, too! Right after they ship your tree, someone over at Fast Growing Trees will send out an email with planting instructions so you know just how to plant the trees you purchased. They take all the guesswork out of it.

And guess what? Now you can see for yourself what a great experience ordering from Fast Growing Trees is! $100 gift certificates to Fast Growing Trees  are up for grabs to TWO of my lucky readers!! Wahooo!

HOW YOU ENTER:

Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here. You have FIVE ways to enter: 1 required and 4 bonus entries. That means you can leave a total of FIVE comments below for FIVE awesome chances to win.

1. *REQUIRED ENTRY* Just head on over to Fast Growing Trees and tell me what you’d spend your $100 gift certificate on if you won. A cherry tree? A Royal Empress? Or perhaps some Lavender Rhododendron? Leave a comment below letting us know your answer.

2. *BONUS ENTRY*  Do you like/friend/follow me yet? Pick one or all and like me/follow me/subscribe to me via one of these forms of social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram,Pinterest,  YouTube and/or Google+! Leave a comment below with the name of the site you followed, ie. “liked you on Facebook and Instagram.” Only 1 comment/entry regardless of if you follow me on all 6 sites. Which you totally should anyway.

3. *BONUS ENTRY*  Start spreading the news. Share this giveaway with your peeps via Facebook,TwitterInstagramPinterestand/or Google+! If you don’t do the social media thing, just send out an old fashioned email about this awesome giveaway. Leave a comment below letting me know how you shared it.

4. *BONUS ENTRY*  Head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on one of the posts or pictures there. Come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which post or picture you commented on.

5. *BONUS ENTRY*  Subscribe to my daily emailed newsletter. It’s an easy peasy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Plus, I’m way too busy gardening to spam you, so your email address is safe with me. Leave a comment below letting me know you subscribed.

THE FINE PRINT:

5 entries per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.
*** This prize can only ship within the continental U.S.

This giveaway ends Sunday, January 18th, 2014 and the winners will be announced in the Monday, January 19th, 2015 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. Prize will be forfeited within 48 hours.

Good Luck! I hope you win.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – 1/11/14

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garden plot

I’ve started to re-think my 10′ x 45′ garden plot. I wonder if it’s too big for the space. I may reduce it to 8′ x 45′ so I have adequate room to walk around the sides of it properly. I really like the idea of a garden plot right smack dab in the middle of grass. The Girl and I eyed some excellent examples at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden when were in Sweden a few years ago and the idea of being able to stroll around the vegetable patch seems pretty appealing. What do you think?

dead arborvitae tree

On the “to do” list for today is to dig out the dead arborvitae tree and plant a new one. I absolutely LOVE using trees as privacy screens. They make for such a nice backdrop. pulling weeds on hillside

I’m nearly finished weeding Mt. Barktopia. It may not look like a large area, but holy cow it is. I’d say I have about 2 more afternoons of weeding before I’m done.

back of house

I think I found the perfect master bathroom layout. If we decide to put in a window it will go just left of the red wheelbarrow. Do you think a long skinny window would be best, or a wide one similar to the kitchen window that’s next to the BBQ?

water cabbage

Have you ever tried growing water cabbage before?

horse tank with water

Well apparently I didn’t drill holes into my stock tank before I planted. Sheesh! How could I have forgotten to do that? I can’t believe the plants are still alive. I think I’ll drill holes in it today and hope for the best. I mean really, what else can I do?

leland cypress trees

I finally got the courage to trim the giant boxwood hedge in front of our house the other day. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be either. ;) I also picked up 3 Leland cypress trees at The Home Depot this week so I could finish planting my privacy screen on the side of the house. The trees were $6.99 each if anyone is interested in picking some up. We planted several at our last house and let me tell you Bob, they grow quick!

meyer lemon tree

I also planted my Meyer Lemon tree this week. Since our winters are pretty mild here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve decided to go ahead and keep it on my sheltered front porch. If the temps dip below 40 then I’ll move it in the garage for a few days. I plan on moving the lemon tree around to the back of the house in the summer months.

It’s been a busy week in the garden and next week I hoping to get even more done.

How is YOUR garden doing right now?

Is it under snow, frozen solid, or are your out there puttering around too?

~Mavis wants to know.

purple carrot seeds botanical interests

If you’re looking for some great seeds for your garden, Botanical Interests Seed Company rocks! I posted the list of the seeds I’ll be planting in my 2015 backyard garden HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – An Idiot Abroad

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A friend of mine suggested that I check out An Idiot Abroad this Friday–she told me it combined my love of travel with my adoration of dry British wit.  It’s produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant–both of whom are hilarious.  They send their friend, Karl Pilkington {who has never been out of England} to experience the 7 wonders of the world, only they also add in a couple of “out of his comfort zone” tasks for him to complete.  Should be entertaining.

an idiot abroad

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

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Great Aunt Ruby’s Garden in Tasmania, Australia

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This past summer Lisa from Tasmania, Australia sent in pictures from her garden. Well, she’s back, and this time she is telling us about her Great Aunt Ruby… :) :) :) :) :) :)

aunt ruby

Meet my Great Aunt Ruby!

Ruby turned 98 last September, still lives by herself and tends to this amazing garden.

tasmania beach
She lives in a little town called Wynyard in Tasmania and her home is a stones throw from the beach.
Ruby trained as a nurse and has spent a lifetime taking care of people.

Right up until the last few months, Ruby has pretty much sorted out the garden by herself, with a bit of help here and there from her daughter Margaret who lives almost next door. This season she decided that she may need a bit of help with the heavy digging, so that’s where I come in!

using wire guards in the garden

This plot Ruby dug herself and planted carrot, beetroot and lettuce seeds, then used the high tech method of cat-digging prevention by covering the area with any and all wire guards!

vegetbale garden

And it worked! A few months later there was a lush garden happening. The peas were well on their way as well as the potatoes (destined for the Christmas dinner table).

beets

In her garden there are usually potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, beetroot, carrot, lettuce, peas, beans, cabbage, broccoli, artichokes, parsnip, strawberries, pumpkin, cucumber, silver beet, garlic and herbs. Plus probably other stuff I have forgotten!! Enough to feed a small army if one happened on by!!

aunt ruby sitting on milk crate

Often when I go to visit, I’ll find Ruby sitting on her milk crate, wearing her gardening hat and pulling up weeds.

weeds in garden

The before…

weed free garden

And after efforts of the other days weeding! Not bad for someone who is almost 100 years old!!

aunt ruby in the garden
If she is pottering about the garden she will most likely be using an old mop to lean on, not as keen on the walking stick because if people see that, they might think she is “old.”

ripe tomato

There is always a bit of a competition for the first ripe tomato of the season. I thought I may have been first past the post this year, but nope… here is Ruby “skiting” (as she would say)(boasting) about the first red tomato in her hothouse!

aunt ruby in kitchen

Ruby is very used to feeding herself out of what she grows. There is always a big feed of vegetables and fruit on the table. Because she is nearly blind, it gives her a lot of independence to be able to go up into the garden and get what she needs rather than continually having to rely on someone else to shop for her.

aunt ruby scones
I might add that her scones (I think you call them biscuits in North America) are superb! (home-made jams to go on top of course!!)

purple hydrangea flowers

What I love about Ruby’s garden is the way she has pretty flowers here there and everywhere right throughout. You are never really sure what to expect to see blooming at different times of the year.

using seewee mulch
This plot of flowers is now covered in a seaweed mulch. Advantages of living by the ocean!! The council here allows residents to collect what they need from the beach, and apart from being free, it doesn’t introduce any unwanted weeds! In her younger years, Ruby would just take the wheelbarrow across the road and help herself!

old mother Hubbard

Ruby is adored by all her family, she is a wealth of information on gardening and cooking among other things, has great stories , she has a great sense of fun (for example: dressing up as Mother Hubbard for me when I needed a ‘Nursery Rhyme’ photo) and is always happy to put the kettle on for a cuppa when we drop in and I might add its nearly impossible to escape without an armful of food of some kind!!

aunt ruby

Well… there you go.
Cheers,
~ Lisa

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  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
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Dig for Your Dinner – Growing Leeks from Seed

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Leeks are one of those things the average gardener doesn’t take the time to grow, but seriously, they are a delicious addition to a stir-fry.  Leeks are a relative to the onion, but they do not produce an edible bulb.  They are much, much milder tasting–so I think they are a little more kid friendly.  In case I haven’t sold you on the meager leek, let me throw these awesome tidbits out:  leeks are low in calories, are packed with anti-oxiants, they are a great source of folic acid, and vitamin A.  Basically, you’re doing yourself a big fat favor by integrating them into your life.

transplanting leeks
How to Grow Leeks:

Here’s the deal, it really is a bit easier to buy leek starts from your local nursery.  Leeks, like onions, can be a little trickier and more time consuming to start from seeds {time consuming, mostly}.  It is IMMENSELY  gratifying to start them from seed, though, so if you have the time, space, and energy go for it.  Leeks prefer well-drained soil, so make sure to mix a little perlite into the soil if drainage is an issue.  If you are starting them from seed, you’ll want to start them indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost.  Once you get the plants established, they are super hardy little buggers.  Plant 4 or so seeds about 1/2″ deep.  Thin to one plant per pot when plants are about 1″ tall.  When you transplant them outside, plan on a 12″ row spacing.

leeks

When are Leeks Ready to Harvest?

Leeks are ready when the stem is about 1″ in diameter.  1″ diameter seems to yield the best overall flavor.  To harvest them, just loosen the soil around the base of the plant, and lift them out of the ground.

Which Leek Varieties to grow?

My Favorite Recipe with Leeks:

My favorite recipe is actually from Mama’s Minutia, and it is DELISH.   It’s called Giant Sausage and Leek Quiche–I think pretty much any recipe that leads with “giant” is the start of something wonderful.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest Region and are unsure what seeds you should be starting right now, or when your transplants should be set out in the garden, this regional planting guide should help you out.

Don’t live in the Pacific Northwest? Find your regional planting guide HERE.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Organizing Seed Packets and Waiting for Warmer Weather

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Yesterday I had dentist appoint smack dab in the middle of the day so I didn’t feel like I had enough time to dive into a full on gardening project like pulling weeds or cutting tree limbs. But I did want to get SOMETHING garden related done, {there is so much to do!} so I opted to sort my seed packets.

heirloom tomato seeds

First step: going through the seed packets I had leftover over from last year. Which wasn’t much. Mostly heirloom tomatoes to be exact. I don’t know what it is about tomatoes, but man oh man, I feel like I need to grow one of each variety. Ha! I suppose there could be worse addictions, right?

seed packets

So how do I sort my seeds? Well, it’s pretty easy really. First I group them together by variety. Lettuce in one pile, carrots, squash, herbs in another.

starting vegetables from seed beets

Then I simply turn the packets over and find either “when to start inside” or “when to sow outside” timeline on the back of the packet. If you are unsure of what to start indoors under grow lights or what to sow directly into the garden, the back of the packet will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know.

botanical interests seed packets radish

Then I grab a bunch of sticky notes and go to town. Some things, like radishes, lettuces, carrots and beans, I know I’ll be succession planting {one right after another} so I have a continual harvest all summer {and fall}. I try to space plantings at as best I can and usually end up planting those types of seeds about a month apart. This allows us enough time to harvest, eat {or process} the fresh veggies before the next round of yummy goodness arrives.

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Now all I have to do is wait until February first to get started.

Yee-Haw! Planting season is almost here. Are you ready? Do you have your seeds yet? Huh? Huh?

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

Get crackin’ people. ;)

~Mavis

botanical interests seed packets

If you’re looking for some great seeds for your garden, Botanical Interests Seed Company rocks! I posted the list of the seeds I’ll be planting in my 2015 backyard garden HERE.

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