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Seeds and Seedlings

seedlingsblog copySince the plants in my raised garden bed are coming up nicely, I am turning my attention to the seedlings I planted a couple of days after I made the raised garden bed.

Most of the seeds I planted take about a week to 10 tens days to sprout up. The ones in the photo are Marigolds in the back and a Cherry Tomato plant in the front.  The Marigolds took about 3 days to show up, the Tomato 7 days. They are not ready to be transferred into the garden just yet. The leaves showing are called the first leaves, and it is best to wait until you have the true leaves, that will be fuller and come on soon.

Starting the seedlings indoors weeks ahead before the last frost up North is a great way to get a head start on your garden. In Florida however, I think we had two cold nights in February, well probably cold for Floridians, and one of those nights that took the digits down to a whopping 35 degrees… If you are from any biting cold, wind chill dropping, snowy part of the country, go ahead and laugh, I understand, its ok.

The spring already here by the first week of March, I started my seedlings on the back porch. They have an adaption already to the temperature and some sunshine in the morning, versus bringing them outside from an indoor climate. See Secrets To Transplanting Seedlings: 3 Tips To Success for more information.

My son told me what plants will help the soil and grow well together.  I happened to be on Facebook, and saw that a company I am following bbbseed.com was having a sale and offering free shipping. Heirloom, Organic seeds were just what I was looking for and this was perfect timing. The site offers great information and companion planting advice for each type of seed. (The links below are not affiliate or a paid endorsement)

Here is the what I have so far:

Green Beans in the garden bed
Sugar Pod Peas in the garden bed
Organic Rainbow Blend Carrots – looking forward to these! More on how I planted them later.
Cherry Tomato’s Seedling
Basil Seedling
Cilantro Seedling
Sage Seedling
Four O’clock Flowers Seedling
Sunflower Giant – Next to my Tropical Guild Garden. Grew one of these before, they are amazing!
Marigold Flowers Seedling and in the garden bed.

My son also recommended LocalHarvest.org  which is a great site for finding local plants, seeds and more from farmers in your area. He planted very tasty Everglade Tomato’s in his food forest and they did well being a local plant, so I am going to do the same. In the search bar I choose seeds, added my zip code and then choose vegetables and tomatoes. Pages and pages were available for all kinds of tomatoes for my area. If you are interested in purchasing these seeds, they are from Southern J Ranch.

While I was researching seedlings, I came across an article by DIY With Kathy for Garden Planning Online. She provides links with great information for making a Raised Garden Bed and what to plant in it. Thank you Kathy.

More on Transplanting the Seedlings when they are ready.

Happy Gardening :}


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Green Thumb Gardening – Discover Permaculture

ID-100196322Spring is on its way here in Florida and I am waiting impatiently to plant my seeds and get my garden started.

My son loves gardening as well and has been teaching me how to prepare my garden using the Permaculture method. (He actually had a small food forest he built up in a couple of years in his backyard while going to college).

So you ask, what is Permaculture? It originally was referred to as permanent agriculture or permanent culture and was developed in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren of Australia. It is a method of planting, using natural resources and plants that are native to your area, and growing a garden that works with nature rather then against it.  See More from Organic Gardening.com

With so much controversy over GMO’s (Genetically Modified Foods), Pesticides and other forms of growing food these days, I want to grow my garden as healthy as possible, so I am going to take the journey this year with Permaculture.

Last spring, I planted a banana tree and also added sweet potatoes. This was fine, but I did not really understand companion planting  and added kale and tomatoes. Kale and tomatoes do not like each other and the banana tree was not having it with the kale in the garden either. So success was just ok. I still have a Rosemary bush that did not care who was around and has done very well. I got a bunch of sweet potatoes, some orange peppers I planted, but the results could have been better.  That is when I called my son and said teach me what you did for your food forest. I am not building a food forest, but still want the benefits of a great garden. See SmartGardener.com for what plants are best for your area.

Over the winter I have been getting my soil ready for planting, adding natural mulch, compost and will be planting seeds in the next couple of weeks. I will be planting to start with, sweet potatoes ( they regenerate on their own from the ones left in the ground) Peas, Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Rainbow Carrots. For herbs I will be planting Cilantro, Sage, Basil and Parsley. I also have flowers to aid in the process, Marigolds, Four O’Clocks and a Bee Rescue Wildflower Mix. My goal will be two gardens, a tropical guild and one for the carrots.

If you would like to take the journey with me, like this post or follow my blog.

I will be referencing different websites along the way with the first being DeepGreenPermaculture and of course get help and advice from my favorite source, my son.

See the next article – Preparing The Garden Bed

Happy Gardening :}

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