The ground is still white outside my office window, but I’m thinking about all things green.
On the first warm weekend, I’m going to build a raised bed for my vegetable plants. It’s also time to choose what I want to plant so I can start the seedlings indoors, getting them ready for when spring rolls around.
Last year, the task was much easier. I knew I wanted tomatoes and I knew I wasn’t quite ready for a full garden. So I went with two cherry tomato plants and two Better Boy plants in pots on the deck.
This year, I’m dreaming of yellow tomatoes for sure. The rest is a world of possiblities almost too difficult to cull. Gourmet radish blend? Broccoli? Italian or otherwise? Heirloom zucchini? What if the neighbors bring a bunch of zucchini again; do I really need my own? Pole beans or bush beans? Jalapeno peppers or Thai peppers? Do I dare try watermelons or cantaloupes in my first official garden?
The answer to all of these questions can probably be answered by looking at the small size of my garden space. Not everything that I want can be crammed in there, so with a little research I’ll figure out which varieties will fit in the space, what plants compliment each other and what can be preserved for later in the year.
Holly Scoggins, a horticulture professor at Virginia Tech, gave me a list of her favorite seed companies. If you don’t see your fave on this list, let us know. What are you planting this year?
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Winslow, Maine. (877) 564-6697.
High Mowing Organic Seeds, Wolcott, Vermont. (802) 472-6174.
Pinetree Garden Seeds, New Gloucester, Maine. (207) 926-3400 (catalogue is better than Web site, Scoggins said).
Territorial Seed Company, Cottage Grove, Oregon. (800) 626-0866.
Fedco Seeds and Garden Supplies Co-op, Clinton, Maine. (207) 873-7333.
Tomato Growers Supply Company, Ft. Myers, Florida. (888) 478-7333.