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It’s Official…

March 2nd, 2015

Well, the 2015 gardening season has officially started at Chiot’s Run. Yesterday I started onion seeds.
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There are eight different types of onions in my trays, each tray is divided in half. This year I’m growing lots of yellows and a few reds.
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I also decided to start two varieties of cold tolerant tomatoes. Typically I don’t bother starting tomatoes early, but our short summers here in Maine have me thinking I’ll start growing a few in containers up against rock walls to see how early I can get a few tomatoes for salads and sandwiches. I chose ‘Stupice’ which has always been a reliable early producer for me along with ‘Glacier’ which is a new variety for me.
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Even though my garden is still sleeping under a very deep blanket of snow, it will be exciting to see the first little sprouts of green coming out of these flats in a few days. Tomorrow I’ll start celery and a flat of cold tolerant lettuces and endives for early spring salads. From this day forward, I’ll be sowing, watering, thinning, transplanting, sowing again, and then hopefully in six weeks planting a few things in the soil.

What are the first seeds you start for your garden?

4 Comments to “It’s Official…”
  1. Mich on March 2, 2015 at 7:52 am

    The garden season 2015 has also started here at the farm in middle England.
    I have sowed indoors various onions, a sweet pepper variety and a few half hardy flowers for the cutting patch.
    Tomatoes will be next, I always grow Tigerella’s and I am limiting myself to 2 other varieties….but which ones?? Decisions…

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  2. Nebraska Dave on March 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Susy, onions were started the first of February and are up about six inches and growing strong. Cabbages are starting look like little shamrocks which is my goal by St. Patrick’s Day every year. Next will come Tomatoes, Green Peppers with cucumbers, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, and maybe watermelon. Hopefully, the weather will be more co operative this year but if not plans are in place for several replanting times if needed.

    Have a great Maine seed starting day. Spring really is coming. :-)

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  3. Kyle on March 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I’m still getting to know my new yard but have had a lot of success with shallots and garlic, so this year I am trying leeks. They are up and growing s-l-o-w-l-y under lights. I’ve also got kale, chard, cilantro, and sunflowers up and putting on their first leaves. I had started broccoli but my lighting situation was faulty and they got leggy in under two days before I had a chance to fix it. Thankfully the kale and chard slowed their roll as soon as the lighting was corrected.

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  4. Reid on March 5, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I have sown two rounds of kale. The first I stsrted the Friday after Thanksgiving. I ate that in a little salad around Christmas.

    A month ago I planted more kale. I got it from a place in Oregon called Adaptive Seeds. The seeds were collected from 17 kales that they let cross. There is some very fun varieties! I also planted a sals mix, and lettuce from there.

    A ‘warm’ day in January I did some winter sowing of the same things mentioned above. Also in milk jugs are Star Flower, and butterfly weed.

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