March 31; planting seeds

Jeez, we’ve lots to do. Johnny’s seeds (my favorite supplier) just announced they only have enough seeds left for commercial growers. That includes me, but I ordered early. So now check with all the suppliers you can find on google, and look especially for organic suppliers. You may never find seeds at stores, this spring.

So get whatever seeds you need for the vegetables, herbs, or whatever you want — because you may also not be able to find seedlings for tomatoes, peppers, and other long season crops. Heaven knows what will happen tomorrow, so be ready.

If you like lettuce and greens, almost all can be planted now, or soon. Depending on your zone. Zone 4 and lower, you’re fine. Lettuce is cold hardy. For now plant seeds for an early crop; think about summer lettuce later. I’d plant a bit of every type: loose-leaf, iceberg, romaine, bibb, Boston, and other greens such as Mizuna (what a flavor!) and Black Seeded Simpson (Thomas Jefferson’s favorite, and mine as well.)

Read down below and you’ll find it’s time to plant peas now. RIGHT NOW. Well, okay, maybe the weekend. Don’t plant Sugar Snaps unless you love them fresh. They don’t freeze worth a damn. Also get some snow peas in; they freeze nicely for stir-frys or just for fun and flavor.

Some veggies and such you’ll want to start inside. More on that as son as I can get to it. But for now, find a source for planting late and cells.













About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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