Even more than the first harvest, the planting of the first seeds of the year brings me great satisfaction. Seeds are such magical things – not only are they so tiny a beginning for plants that will eventually fill the shelves in my pantry, but I can plant specific seeds and get just the variety I wanted.
Today, I sowed seed for the first of the plants that will go into the big garden. Six varieties of peppers went into pots on the germination table: sweet peppers Ashe County Pimento, Super Shepherd, Sweet Banana, and Corno di Toro and hot peppers Jalapeño and Poblano. I also sowed two pots (Baptisia and Daucus carota ‘Dara’) for winter sowing, though I am very late getting these started. I guess I’m hoping we get a little more cold weather!
There are already crops growing in the greenhouse, winter greens intended for salad and chosen for their cold hardiness. We’ve got a good crop of both Purple Rapa mustard green mix (the photo at the top of this post) and Tokyo Bekana (below), a frilly, tender, sweet Asian green I am liking very much. The collards are growing more slowly, and my summer favorite Senposai has turned out not to like below-freezing nights. I have carrots and beets just beginning to reach above the soil, too.
In another week, we’ll be starting many more varieties: tomatoes, sunflowers, herbs. I’m planning to test a method of germinating sweet corn that I hope will give me better stands.
No matter what else I do today, it’s a good day.