Seed orders are starting to arrive and plans are being made! Today I got a package from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I’m excited to try a few types of grains this year: Light and dark sesame, quinoa, amaranth and a rice variety that grows in regular soil without flooding.
The Baker Creek catalog is luscious and inspiring and their service has always been great. I also ordered a few special things from Bountiful Gardens, a project of Ecology Action. Both of these companies offer open-pollinated seed, (which means you can save it, though some crops like squash need to be separated to come true from seed). They have also signed the Safe Seed Pledge, meaning that they don’t knowingly buy or sell genetically modified seeds. The majority of my seeds I save or get from Northwest companies like Territorial.
I sorted all my seed packets and put them in groups: Direct sow Feb., Cloche Feb., Greenhouse Feb., Direct sow March, etc. Which will hopefully prevent me from missing the best windows for different crops, which happened last year. And of course depending on the weather, I can get ahead of schedule or hold back.
Soil temperature is really important for seed planting. I got a good thermometer for $13.50 at Homebrew Exchange it is meant for cheesemaking and brewing but works great for soil. I am still searching for a good (and nice looking! and analog) greenhouse thermometer with hygrometer.