This is where the  Fran's Victory Garden 2017 Plan Planting Dates on the GrowVeg GardenPlanner comes in super helpful. I was getting ready for the Spring planting March 15th. The ground hog saw his shadow and we are getting his six more weeks of winter. I can't see the ground for a half a foot of snow.  The forecast has a frost down in the teens at dawn on March 23rd, five days from now. The forecast is mild until then. I'll start planting later that day. Now I will sprinkle some BBQ ash on the snow to encouraging melting where planting is planned.

The planting will include more roots for asparagus and raspberry plants. Here is the list:

  1. Arugula from the starter trays, I will do this last in case planting takes me several days.
  2. Asparagus from roots I have to purchase. I will be adding to an existing patch.
  3. Brussels Sprouts from the starter trays.
  4. Cabbage (Summer) from the starter trays.
  5. Cauliflower from the starter trays.
  6. Lettuce (Leaf) from seed.
  7. Peas from seed.
  8. Raspberry from starter plants I have to purchase.
  9. Spinach from seed.

2017 Seedling Trays, yes, that is snow outside

Started germinating the first batch of seeds on February 22nd just before going to St Croix for six days, turned the house heat low, it was 62 when we returned, so a low temperature environment.

The following is transcribed from my ad hoc clipboard notepad I kept when I set the seeds in damp filter paper to start germinating February 22nd. The 'Started' date is when the sprouted seed is placed in the starting tray (above).

. Plant Note #
1 Cauliflower Germinating 2/22, Started: 3/1 7
2 Eggplant Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/6,3/8, 3/10 12
3 Arugula Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/6 7
4 Lettuce Old seeds, no germinating, will start in garden from seed 0
5 Cabbage Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/1 9
6 Brussel Sprouts Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6 16
7 Marigold Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6 8
8 Bell Peppers Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 13
9 Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 12
10 Peperone Corono Roso Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10, 3/15, ... Germ 3/10 (a) 10
11 Sweet Bannana Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6,3/8 6
12 Tomato, Money Maker Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10, 3/11, 3/14 ... Germ 3/10 (a)   - Matures 75 5
13 Tomato, Glacier Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/14 ... Germ 3/14 (a) -  Matures 55 7
14 Tomato, Cherry Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/8 ... - Matures 65 6
15 Tomato, Plum Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 ... - Matures 80 6

Last year didn't get much blogging done. My excuse is I spent the Summer right up to the first frost relaying the patio's pavers. I am now attaching the patio to the paths. I'll add a pic when the snow is gone.

This year I am making some changes to the garden layout. The big plot with the diagonal paths is being enlarged by adding another foot in width by moving the path closer to the deck. Last year's smallest plot is being attached to the big plot by removing the path between them. These changes add about fourty more square feet to the garden. This additional space will be used to add another diagonal trellis in the large plot. I will try to grow eggplant and peppers on this new trellis.

I am using the GrowVeg Garden Planner for the third year, love it. Here is the plan.

This year the first sign of life was almost two weeks earlier. February 22nd saw the first rhubarb breaking the soil, this has been a mild winter, the next week+ looks tough tho.

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This is the second year planning Fran's Victory Garden with the GrowVeg Garden Planner.

The big change is the large plot by the deck will be filled with trellises diagonally situated so they face south. The garden is located on a squarish piece of land where the corners of the square point toward the points of the compass. With the trellises diagonal to the square they will be facing straight south. In the past, the trellises would be at an angle to the sun and the phototropic nature of plants would pull the plants to the southern corner.

Also, this year the cabbages and cauliflowers are going in tunnels right from the get-go. Yeah, lets beat those cabbage worms.

Another big improvement this year is edging for the plots, in the past the dirt had a way of migrating onto the pavers, dirty.

Today March 2nd, I put some late starting seedlings into the starter tray, they are:

  • Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers (1)
  • Burpee Sweet Bell Peppers (4)
  • Eggplants (5)
  • Pole Tomatoes (10)

I also set out a second batch of seeds to germinating, they are:

  • Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers (1a)
  • Peperone Corno Rosso (2a)
  • Sweet Banana Peppers (3a)
  • Burpee Sweet Bell Peppers (4a)
  • Eggplants (5a)
  • Cauliflower (7a)
  • Cukes (9a)
  • Pole Tomatoes (10a)

The first batch of germinating seeds were perhaps too wet and the temperature was kept at about 70 degrees F. The second batch is just damp and the temperature is being kept a little above 80. The method of maintaining the temperature is set the plate of seeds on the cable box.

 


It is February (and 25% off at the garden supply store) and time to get started on planning this year's Fran's Victory Garden. No new veggies this year, more variation in existing choices tho. This year's changes are strawberries in the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter
and a new orientation to the trellises. The plants that use trellises are very phototropic, move toward the sun, so, since the garden is laid out diagonal to the compass points and the orientation and size are constrained by the property the trellises will be set diagonally facing south in the plots. This will be great or a yuuge mistake. Here is the in progress plan of the 2016 Fran's Victory  Garden.

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From the garden store

At the garden supply store I bought two large pots to grow more herbs outside the kitchen door on the deck, a mess of peat starter pots and seeds. $64.33. This year's seed purchases are:

  1. Tomato, pole, Moneymaker from Botanical Interests
  2. Tomato, cherry, Sweetie from Botanical Interests
  3. Cabbage, Copenhagen Market from Botanical Interests
  4. Cauliflower, Early Snowfall from Botanical Interests
  5. Pea, snap, Sugar Snap from Botanical Interests
  6. Edamame, Butterbean from Botanical Interests
  7. Beet, Early Wonder from Botanical Interests
  8. Thyme, English from Botanical Interests, looked for Lemon Thyme as suggested by Wayne, no luck
  9. Dill from Botanical Interests for a pot on the deck
  10. Winter Squash, Waltham Butternut from Burpee
  11. Sweet Pepper, Red Majesty Hybred from Burpee
  12.  Oregan  from Burpee for on the deck
  13. Garden Bean, pole, Kentucky Wonder from Burpee
  14. Marigold, Happy Days Mix from Burpee
  15. Cover crop, Crimson Clover from Botanical Interests. Rather than leaving an empty patch for the remaning season, I will plant this as cover.
Last year's seeds
Last year's seeds

Seeds are good for several years if stored properly, but, I usually only use new and last year's. I will use earlier year's seeds in spots where there is an early harvest or when I run out planting a larger patch than planned. Last year's seeds I will use are:

  1. Pepper, Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper from the Seed plant
  2. Pomodoro, plum tomato from Franchi, IT
  3. Peperone, Corno Rosso di Toro from Franchi, IT
  4. Cilantro, Slow-Bolt from Renee's Seeds
  5. Italian Pesto Basil from Renee's Seeds
  6. Italian Parsley, Gigante from Renee's Seeds
  7. Eggplant, Black Beauty from Botanical Interests
  8. Beet, Early Wonder from Botanical Interests
  9. Tomato, pole, Red Siberian from Botanical Interests
  10. Pepper, Sweet Banana from Livingston Seed
  11. Squash, Zucchini Dark from Livingston Seed
  12. Cucumber, Straight Eight from Livingston Seed
  13. Radish from Burpee


In mid March I will get Strawberry starter roots from the garden store. They will be planted in the starter pots and then transplanted to the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter, an exciting new adventure in deck gardening.