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I have been busy over the last couple of months, starting seeds and preparing for my garden. I have big plans this year. In North Idaho, the weather is always changing and although the sun is out and it is beautiful today, we have a late frost date and if you get over excited and put your plants out too early they will freeze. So my kitchen became a little nursery for my first starts. I have now expanded to a table in the living room and the kitchen and I am running out of space.
I am tying some new things this year, like artichokes. I had assumed that I would not be able to grow them here as they don’t survive a freeze and I always thought they didn’t produce until the second year. Recently, I read that you can get a decent harvest in the first year growing them as annuals, so for the price of a bag of seeds I am giving it a try.
I am also growing a ton of peppers, sweet peppers and a variety of hot peppers. My son wants to try making hot sauce and I want spicy ones for salsa and the sweet ones for salads. We probably have way too many plants but we just needed to try all the different kinds. They have a bit of a longer growing season to produce so getting them started indoors will give me a head start and hopefully we will get a decent crop before the first frost in the fall.
I have started onions, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage in addition to the some new things I haven’t tried growing before. I variety of heirloom seeds for Christmas so there are some things in there that I am trying because I have the seeds. I am starting okra, rhubarb and eggplant. These are trial items that we will see if we like, we may have some interesting food to give away.
Tomatoes. I am starting so many tomatoes. I did not have enough last year so I am growing more. I also did not have the variety I wanted last year so I am trying a bunch of new kinds. We will see how they do and which ones my family likes best. Last year we made some amazing sauce and a green salsa with all the ones I had to pick at the end of the season. My goal this year is to make both red and green salsa as well as the sauce.
I got these great little seed starter containers. They are like a mini greenhouse. I really like the fact that they have a removeable top, and for the first couple of days I can even stack them. I have some similar seed starting containers last year but I found that it was really hard to remove the small plants when it was time to transplant. These are much easier to work with, they are a bit sturdier and it is easy to get the seedlings out of.