Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Seed Planting Time!

This week we will start planting our brassica seed varieties -cabbage, broccoli, kale and cauliflower. We'll begin planting the Asian brassica varieties too -tatsoi, bok choi and turnip. The onion seeds and leek seeds are already overdue by one week. Our seed planting schedule is for our 6b region with an April 20 last frost date. Around here, April 20 is a gamble, but we like to put our stuff out early to give the weather a reason to warm up sooner than later.

Please click here or on the link in the side bar to see our 2014 seed planting schedule.

We became impatient a couple weeks ago and planted several trays of lettuce. It's coming up now, and we're not sure what we're going to do with it. We don't think they could handle the shock of being planted outside in a cold frame. The temperature change is too severe. They're going to be to big to keep in the trays before it warms up.

Maybe we'll plant them in pots and put them in the windows. They are beautiful.

Flashy Trout Back Lettuce
Paris Island

12 comments:

  1. Looking good! I'm hoping to get my brassicas started next week here in zone 6a.

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    1. I'm no expert, but I bet you won't go wrong. Truly, what number of us are taking the time to even think about it? Go for it!

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  2. that's some beautiful lettuce! I'm planning to start some things this weekend.

    I go by May 15 for the last frost date to plant out my peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. Sometimes they go in a week or two earlier, depending on the weather. Remember the May 13th heavy frost last year?

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    1. I remember! All the locals recommend May 15 too. Any sooner and it's a risk. Unless you're using cozy coats, of course!

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  3. Your lettuce starts look picture perfect. What a treat to see while watching the snow swirl down outside.

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    1. They are a real pick-me-up this time of year!

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  4. Those trout lettuces (forellenschluss) types are yummy.

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    1. Yes they are! Dave sent me those seeds in 2011. We're still using them!

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  5. I won't get to planting more seed for a couple of weeks. I really haven't a clue when the last frost is here. After a while I'll figure it out. Last year it was about April 22nd, so probably close to yours.

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    1. I think we're the same zone, because, if I recall, it was one of the resons I first chose to follow your blog. April 22 would make sense.

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