Starting Seedlings

Planting seeds

We’ve got all our seedlings planted for this year’s garden…at least I think we do!

I started cabbage and peppers back in February and over the weekend we got the rest of the stuff planted.

My cabbages are about big enough to put in the garden. I’m going to grow them under row cover for the first time ever. Ed Ammons shared his success with growing his cabbage under cover last summer and I had a birds eye view of the row cover successes at John C. Campbell Folk School so I’m excited about trying it and hoping it keeps my cabbage bug free.

Here’s the sweet pepper varieties we started:

  • Golden Marconi
  • Sweet Banana
  • Marconi Red
  • Shishito (first time ever growing this one)
  • King of the North
  • Yolo Wonder
  • Habanada (first time growing this one)

Here’s the tomato roundup:

  • Cherokee Purple
  • Black Cherry
  • Aunt Ruby’s German Green (first time trying this one-Chitter got it for me for Christmas)
  • Mountain Princess
  • Nebraska Wedding (another gift from Chitter-never tried it before)
  • Ace 55 (never grown this one before either)
  • Orange tommy-toe (I saved the seed from tomatoes David and Carolyn Anderson shared with me)
  • Juliet (I’m so excited about this one! JCCFS grew it last year and I just loved it for drying)
  • Sun Gold (another one the Folk School grew that I’m excited about)

Other things we started:

  • Chamomile
  • Feverfew (I’ve tried this one so many times I’m not sure why I keep trying)
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • various flowers

The greenhouse isn’t the only place we have things growing.

Out in the garden we have cabbage, onions, radishes, lettuce, spinach, beets, kohlrabi, and garlic.

I bought two green stalk tower planters and in one of them I have some radishes and peas up and growing. I planted strawberries in part of one, but I can’t see any sign of life so far.

And last but not least we’re still eating on the kale I planted last fall.

I shared our seed starting in my most recent video. To watch go here.


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  • Reply
    Gina Smith
    March 25, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Could you talk a little about your greenhouse construction? It looks pretty big and so well set up. Would love a smaller version of it but in my part of Oregon people would think I’m growing hemp instead of veggies!

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    Denise R
    March 25, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    When you put up your electric fence, crunch up some aluminum foil on the wire and bait it with peanut butter. Turn the fence on. The deer love peanut butter and will lick it and get shocked. Once they’ve felt the bite of electricity on their tongue they will stay away from your garden the entire season. Where we live at the deer are really tame and a nuisance so this time of the year we call it deer training season to remind them to stay out of the garden each year.

  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    March 24, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I wish I had me some helpers like you do. My helpers show up after the work is done. They aren’t ashamed to help me consume the the fruits of my labors either. That’s OK though. They were my kids when they were little and they are still my kids although one is approaching fifty. I am trying me best to be around as long as they need me.

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    Catherine Spence
    March 24, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I usually start my own tomato plants from seed, but I couldn’t risk it this year because of my daughter’s two cats who are complete thugs – no house manners at all. They are about to be re-homed, however, so next year . . .

  • Reply
    Ron Stephens
    March 24, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Today I should be pulling up the plants from last fall; broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts and cabbage. They just want to bloom now. Looking like the lettuce is going to do the same but I’ll keep it a bit longer.

    I’m amazed you manage to have so much variety. Because of lack of space I have narrowed down to just a few tried and true kinds though I sure would like to branch out in all directions.

    Did you start your earliest seeds in the house under a grow light then move them out to the greenhouse? I’m thinking you do not try to heat the greenhouse?

    I just noticed out the window while I was typing this, my neighbor’s yellow poplar is suddenly green. It is one of my spring gages. I don’t know when it did it unless it was overnight.

    • Reply
      March 24, 2021 at 8:52 am

      Ron-I did start the peppers and cabbage inside. We have a small heater in the green house but only use it if the temps deep way down on chilly March nights.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 24, 2021 at 7:49 am

    It’s March and you’ve got the whole garden planted! How in the world do you do so much Tipper?
    Those Cherokee Purple Tomatoes you grow are the BEST tomatoes ever! I am fortunate to live so close!

  • Reply
    Sanford McKinney Jr
    March 24, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Happy gardening and wishes for much success!

  • Reply
    March 24, 2021 at 6:45 am

    It’s a busy time of year for gardeners. Today I need to move my tomatoes from the seedling flats to pots and till my garden and sow a lettuce bed before the rain tomorrow. Hope to plant our taters on Good Friday. Going try your cattle panel idea this year. Adding an electrlc fence to discourage the deer (hopefully).

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