We’re coming up on the end of January (it’s January 26th, 2020 as I write this) already which is hard to believe! But that got me thinking that it is time to start getting things ready for my spring vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors.
I went to the University of Georgia website last month to get their planting calendar for my area of North Georgia so that I could figure out which seeds I should start with in preparation for this years garden. I like to grow from seed by starting the plants indoors. Once the weather begins to warn up I can move them outside for a few hours each day until they are ready to transplant into my containers.
What I found was it is time to plant onions, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and potatoes indoors so that they will be ready to move outside when spring rolls around.
That works perfect for me since I had already purchased some Jiffy seed starting trays and a selection of organic seeds in anticipation of planting season.
I used two 72 peat pellet trays for lettuce and tomato seeds. This worked out perfectly as I am planting two different types of tomato and two different types of lettuce this year.
Each tray comes with the peat pellets, a plastic cover to make it into a greenhouse and a pack of SuperThrive Plant Vitamin for Seedlings. I haven’t decided if I am going to use this or not.
I have never tried to grow Roma tomatoes from seed so I decided to give that a try this year. I really like these on pizza and they also can be used to make some tasty pasta sauces. I chose to use Organic Roma Tomato Seeds from Burpee for this years crop.
I also planted Delicious tomato seeds so that I would have a tomato better suited for sandwiches and salads. I used Burpee Organic Delicious Tomato Seeds for this batch of seedlings.
For the lettuce varieties I went with Burpee Organic Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce Seeds and Burpee Organic Buttercrunch Lettuce Seeds. I planted 36 seedlings of each variety
I’ll put some pictures of the seed packets below as a reminder so if I like the results I will remember what to use next year. My memory isn’t what it used to be so reminders are good.
I also got a 36 pellet tray that I used to plant Organic Evergreen Long White Bunching Onion Seeds from Burpee. These will provide scallions as well as bunching onions so it’s a two for one deal in my book.
I also ordered some potato seeds in December and they finally arrived. I bought Organic Russet Burbanks, Organic Red Pontiac and Organic Yukon Gold seed potatoes. I am going to grow them in containers as well.
I have never tried to grow potatoes in 5 gallon buckets before so this should be a learning experience. Hopefully one that ends with some tasty meals!
Here are some pictures of the potatoes in trays.They are almost ready to plant.