"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Seeds Are Here!

Botanical Interests
I received my two seed orders on Friday. I had just placed the order on Monday and I was surprised to see both orders in my mailbox.  If you click on my photos it will be enlarged and you will be able to read the names on the seed packages.

I know I don't have to tell all you gardeners out there how excited I get when my orders arrive, but just in case you are not a gardener and are reading my blog think of it like a long awaited Christmas gift or maybe a shopping spree at your favorite shoe or clothing store. That is how excited I get!

I read each package and then stare at the picture (if there is one) dreaming about the plant growing in my flower or vegetable garden.  I make notes on when I will plant it and where it will go. These are the first steps I take each year when planning my gardens. I envision the flower blooming in my "minds eye garden" and what plants will be planted around it.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (the Black Radish in the back is actually from Botanical Interests)
Tomorrow I will begin potting up the seeds. Some of these will be direct sowed in the garden when the planting time is right,  but all the tomato seeds will be started indoors and I will also pot up the Mexican Sunflower seeds.  We generally do not get freezing temperatures in our area and if we do it will only be a day or two so I will probably be planting many of the flower seeds and of course the radish seeds directly in the ground this week. If you check back on my past posts you will see that we are harvesting radishes, and a few other greens now.  I also will be making up my annual spreadsheet of the tomatoes I will plant and post it here when I get them planted out in the garden; that should be in mid March.

A nice rain has been falling all day today. I here my plants singing out....

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn


  1. What a wonderful bunch of seeds you have gotten. I love all those tomatoes. I wish I could sow as early as you will be able to. I always get excited when the new seeds come too. LOL! Happy sowing.

  2. Lona, I know I do feel very lucky to be able to grow year round. I do still miss the tomato season though since like most we can only grow in the summer. There are varieties now that we could grow in the winter months but I have yet to try them.

  3. Fabulous! We are gearing up for our garden too. I think we are going to get some cynder blocks and create our own raised beds this year. :)

  4. I, too, am delighted when my seeds arrive. I'm just now getting some orders placed. Looks like you're going to have a beautiful garden this year!

  5. Heirlooms, thank you for stopping by!

  6. Red, I think that is a fantastic idea. I can't wait to see how you guys do this year. It is so much fun, I think the best part is the planning.


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