I’ve made it a goal this year to use up old vegetable seed. I’m sowing it pretty thick since some of it is ancient and germination rates should be down. If nothing sprouts or it all rots in the rain it’s no big deal. I’m just happy to get rid of the packets clogging up my veggie seed box.
I call the picture below my “2009 garden row.” I’ve heard it was a good year for … um … carrots. Obviously, the 2009 vintage of carrots was so sought after that you can no longer find them in stores. So I’ve heard.
I’ve also decided to skip the metal garden label stakes we have and just use split cedar shingles with permanent marker labeling. I’ve found that the wood stakes last longer in the rain than masking tape labels on the metal stakes. What do you all use for garden row labels?
I’m actually really excited because I feel so prepared for this garden year. Not that I am of course, but because I went through my Maritime Northwest Garden Guide to find what I can plant this month. Then I sorted through my garden seed, picked out those varieties, and labeled my stakes. All I need now is prepared garden beds and I’m set.
If you live in the Northwest and you haven’t heard of Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, I strongly recommend it. It is one of my two favorite gardening books, Steve Solomon’s Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades being the other. What I LOVE about this book is it provides month by month planting guides with lists of vegetable, so you know what you should be planting or starting under cover at any given time. I don’t have a good memory for this sort of thing, so the book is my yearly reference. It also calms Lee down when he is pestering me about whether I have planted cucumbers or broccoli yet. I can pull out this book and tell him I DON’T have to do it, because it’s not listed for this month. Basically, it’s a marital gardening life saver. hehe