Planting Seeds in April

I wasn’t sure if it was actually going to happen, but thankfully the afternoon was sunny and warm so I planted and watered the first round of seeds for 2015.

In the South Herb Garden, under plastic milk jugs with the bottoms cut off, I planted:

  • Summer Celery – Apium graveolens
  • Summer Savory – Satureja hortensis
  • Lovage – Levisticum officinale
  • Jewel Mix Nasturtiums – Tropaeolum majus
  • Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula – Calendula officinalis
  • Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
  • Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
  • Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis

In the East Cold Frame Garden, I planted:

  • Everest Broccoli – Brassica oleracea var. italica
  • Summer Purple Sprouting Broccoli – Brassica oleracea var. italica
  • Snow Crown Cauliflower – Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
  • Improved Dwarf Siberian Kale – Brassica oleracea var. acephala
  • January King Cabbage – Brassica oleracea var. capitata
  • Wa Wa Sai Sui Choi – Brassica rapa pekinensis
  • Ching Chiang Choi – Brassica rapa chinensis
  • Mei Qing Choi – Brassica rapa chinensis
  • Bloomsdale Savoy Spinach – Spinacia oleracea
  • Salad Bowl Lettuce -Latuca sativa
  • Merlot Lettuce – Latuca sativa
  • Original Sun Sunflowers – Helianthus annuus
  • Dwarf Yellow Spray Sunflowers – Helianthus annuus

 

A Garden Tour: April 2015

Here is a brief tour of our garden, and what we have planted so far.

North Shade Garden:

  • Purple Iris – Iris germanica
  • Purple Coneflower – Echinacea sp.
  • Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
  • Strawberries – Fragaria vesca

West Front Garden:

  • Purple Iris – Iris germanica
  • White and Purple Iris – Iris germanica
  • Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
  • Bearberry – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Falsebox – Pachistima myrsinites
  • Strawberries – Fragaria vesca

South Herb Garden:

  • English Thyme – Thymus sp.
  • Chives – Allium schoenoprasum
  • Greek Oregano – Origanum vulgare
  • Purple Coneflower – Echinacea sp.
  • Lavender – Lavendula sp.
  • Hyssop – Hyssopus officinale
  • Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
  • Swiss Mint – Mentha piperita (in large pots!)

A Seed Inventory: 2015

I’m currently working on my seed inventory, to double check what I have, what I want to plant this year, and what I will save for next year.

I’m aiming to plant about half of my seeds, in monthly successions. This way I will have a continuous harvest throughout the spring, summer, and fall. I also have a few winter plant varieties, but it will be an interesting experiment to see if I can get anything to grow during the winter!

Plant varieties on my list for this year:

  • Green Arrow shelling peas – Pisum sativum
  • Sugar Lace II snap peas – Pisum sativum
  • Everest Broccoli – Brassica oleracea var. italica
  • Summer Purple Sprouting Broccoli – Brassica oleracea var. italica
  • Snow Crown Cauliflower – Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
  • Improved Dwarf Siberian Kale – Brassica oleracea var. acephala
  • Bloomsdale Savoy Spinach – Spinacia oleracea
  • New Zealand Spinach – Tetragonia tetragonoides
  • Anuenue Lettuce – Latuca sativa
  • Salad Bowl Lettuce -Latuca sativa
  • Merlot Lettuce – Latuca sativa
  • Red Leaf Amaranth – Amaranthus sp.
  • Summer Celery – Apium graveolens
  • Tango Celery – Apium graveolens
  • January King Cabbage – Brassica oleracea var. capitata
  • Wa Wa Sai Sui Choi – Brassica rapa pekinensis
  • Ching Chiang Choi – Brassica rapa chinensis
  • Mei Qing Choi – Brassica rapa chinensis
  • Scarlet Nantes Carrots – Daucus carota
  • Sugar Snax Carrots – Daucus carota
  • Autumn King II Carrots – Daucus carota
  • Detroit Supreme Beets – Beta vulgaris
  • Cylindra Beets – Beta vulgaris
  • Touchstone Gold Beets – Beta vulgaris
  • Winterkeeper Beets – Beta vulgaris
  • Amish Paste Tomatoes – Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Early Cascade Tomatoes – Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Tiny Tim Tomatoes – Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Sungold Tomatoes – Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Taxi Tomatoes – Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Pepperoncini Peppers – Capsicum annum
  • Gypsy Peppers – Capsicum annum
  • Uchiki Red Kuri Squash – Cucurbita maxima
  • Waltham Butternut Squash – Cucurbita moschata
  • Bush Delicata Squash – Cucurbita pepo
  • Small Sugar Pumpkins – Cucurbita pepo
  • Black Beauty Zucchini – Cucurbita pepo
  • Gold Zucchini – Cucurbita pepo
  • Tasty Green Cucumbers – Curcumis sativus
  • Golden Bantam Corn – Zea mays
  • Scarlet Emperor runner beans – Phaseolus coccineus
  • Venture Blue Lake bush beans – Phaseolus vulgaris
  • Cinnamon Basil – Ocimum basilicum
  • Persian Licorice Basil – Ocimum basilicum
  • Sweet Basil – Ocimum basilicum
  • Dark Green Italian Parsley – Petroselinium crispum
  • Long Island Mammoth Dill – Antheum graveolens
  • Summer Savory – Satureja hortensis
  • Lovage – Levisticum officinale
  • English Thyme – Thymus sp.
  • Bandit Leeks – Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
  • Parade Scallions – Allium cepa
  • Chives – Allium schoenoprasum
  • Greek Oregano – Origanum vulgare
  • Mint Vanilla Quinoa – Chenopodium quinoa
  • Original Sun Sunflowers – Helianthus annuus
  • Dwarf Yellow Spray Sunflowers – Helianthus annuus
  • Jewel Mix Nasturtiums – Tropaeolum majus
  • Pacific Beauty Mix Calendula – Calendula officinalis
  • Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
  • Purple Coneflower – Echinacea sp.
  • Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
  • Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis
  • Lavender – Lavendula sp.
  • Hyssop – Hyssopus officinale
  • Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
  • Swiss Mint – Mentha piperita
  • Purple Iris – Iris germanica
  • Strawberries – Fragaria vesca
  • Oats – Avena sativa
  • Crimson Clover – Trifolium incarnatum
  • Red Clover – Trifolium pratense

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