A winter’s promise.

The same day we put in the starts, we kept going. I couldn’t very well leave more than half of a newly turned bed empty! Now there are a lot of options out there for labeling your plants, marking your rows, and otherwise organizing what-went-where in such a manner that you can recall what’s what when it comes time to evaluate who is a Re-do and who is a Poo-poo for next year. My favorite methods are generally simple, geometric, alphabetical, cheap, and biodegradable. If you didn’t guess already – I use sticks.

Why, what do you use?

Stick borders
Sticks marking out different planting areas for different seeds to be sown.

A lot of my gardening enjoyment comes from this very stage of the process. Sprout identification is fun for me. As soon as the first sprig of green appears, I’m guessing what it is and holding tight to the knowledge in my memory banks from past sowings. Part of it is pure nerdy pleasure, and part of it is not wanting to pull a “weed” that would actually be a beautiful, productive, or otherwise enjoyable volunteer. That, and surprises and mysteries are fun!

Lettuce mob
A mob of lettuce sprouts. I sowed maybe…five? varieties of lettuce this year. Some Cimmaron, some Little Gem, some others I’ll remember when they grow bigger…

Peas
There’s no mistaking a pea sprout for much of anything else. I’m holding hope they won’t die in a frost (or be nibbled) before finding the daylight required for a full-on growth spurt, but I’m also mentally prepared to resow during the “proper” time window awhile into the calendar yet.

Carrots
This year I’m attempting to follow conventional wisdom in more ways that rows. “Over-sow and thin” has always felt odd to me. A loss of preciously saved seed. A death of little plants that could grow into food. A waste.
After as many feast or famine years as I’ve had with carrots and lettuce, I’m giving it a go this spring. We’ll see how I feel when it comes time to actually thin them though…

Yarrow
The yarrow is alive! This is my third attempt to time sowing (and remember to water properly) to get these stinkers to sprout. Yarrow is supposed to be a wonderful attraction for beneficial insects, and I’ve sown a decent patch of two varieties smack dab in the middle of the bed.

Beets
I’ve honestly lost track of how old these beets are. I think they were softball-sized last spring? We’re harvesting the greens at this point, the beets having loooong ago gone woody. I’m curious when they’ll finally go to seed…

Beet
In the meantime, I have more (purchased) beet seeds making elegantly hued sprouts a few steps away.

Broccoli
And I think more broccoli…or it could be cauliflower. My brain has lost track of that memory and I don’t yet have the knowledge bank to differentiate between the two sprouts…if there even is a way.

What seeds are you sowing (or going to sow) for your first spring garden bites?

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6 comments on “A winter’s promise.

  1. You must have a wonderful memory! This year I think I’m going to use a notebook to plan and keep track. So jealous of your winter planting. I’m itching for spring to come so I can get started!

    • plumdirt says:

      It’s starting to lose is efficacy these days, which I hear may or may not come back…I always start the year with graph paper and a notebook, and then forget to update it after the seeds sprout. I hope your spring arrives soon!

  2. Robbie says:

    omgoodness…I am in below zero weather and we are not to be outside for more than 30 mintues at a time or we are in trouble….I so am enjoying looking at your sowing! It gives me hope!!!

  3. I can’t believe you can remember that much…pregnancy always robbed me of my brains πŸ˜‰
    They look wonderful! I have beets and chard left from the fall garden – it’ll be interesting to see what survives the Deep Freeze!

    • plumdirt says:

      My brain is definitely not what it usually is! It’s been amusing to both DH and I. Somehow this segment of memory survived intact. Mostly language clarity is what’s suffering. Words coming out out of order or half of one word mixed with half of another. Or the time I said a new car design looked like an ugly underwater fish (as opposed to a land fish, I suppose? πŸ˜‰ )

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