Saturday, February 9, 2013

Garden: Planning for Planting

My seed order arrived at the end of last week so I spent some time over the weekend putting together a matrix showing sun and water needs against planting dates and then sorting them in a box.

I'm quite surprise at how many can be planted in mid-March.  I have been a post-Mother's Day (mid-May) planter since we moved back to Colorado.  So it will be interesting to see how things go.

There are still a few varieties that I'm unsure about when to plant.  The information I have is for seedlings or for starting inside and then transplanting outdoors.  I don't have a place for seed starting yet, so I will need to figure this part out... or at least commit to a WAG.  ;-)

I've started thinking about where to plant what and how best to do some succession planting, but I suspect this will be pretty squishy until I layout the rows and start the actual planting part.

I'm hopeful that this will yield better results than last year, especially since it looks like we're facing a continued drought.  We have had some snow and certainly some wintery temperatures, but for the most part this winter has been pretty dry.  They are forecasting a little snow for this afternoon, but it doesn't look like much is happening to the west yet.

Keep your fingers crossed for us.  :-)


MarmePurl said...

I find knowing when to plan what the hardest task of all.
Hoping you get some wet stuff soon.

Heather Woollove said...

I love the look of your 'non uniform', non-'large seed company' packet assortment!
I hope you'll get some precipitation soon and often before it's planting time.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

It's nice to know I'm not the only one planning for spring - even as it's snowing buckets outside!

Natalie said...

I have always been a "direct sow" gardener...peas is March/April depending on where we lived and then on from there until the big transplant weekend in May (with plants purchased at the farmer's market), but this year I have actually purchased a grow light! I am excited to see what happens as the seed selection in catalogues is so much better than the seedling selection at the farmer's market. Here's to spring!

Spinster Beth said...

Oh gosh ... I can't imagine planting before Mother's Day! I'm zone 7a, but the next town over is 6b. We don't put anything in until after May first at the very earliest! Anyway, best of luck to you! I can't wait to get to Spring.

Practical Frog said...

Ah the joys of living in the tropics! I can plant most things, any time! Of course I have the brownest thumbs of any one I know so the advantages of growing things in the tropics is negated by my two brown thumbs most of the time... :( - K xx