Unpredictable temperatures did not deter me from sorting out my seeds and getting started the first week of March. I know, that was probably too soon, but for you readers, now will not be a bad time to start. I intend to put this crop out under cover in the middle of April. Last frost dates for our area are between the 21st and the 31st of April. Besides, not being able to get out and work in the garden was driving me nuts!
So, I am off and running. Now, so I remember next year, I only planted my long season vegetables, to me, these are tomatoes, peppers, leeks and eggplant. If I plant these as direct sow in the ground, they will not have fruit until very late if at all in our climate. I learned that last year, when at first frost, green peppers , eggplant and tomatoes were not ready to harvest. It also helps to check the amount of days from germination to maturity provided as all varieties and cultivars are different.
They are doing quite nicely under the fluorescent light fixture in my basement, I rigged a shelf, -plywood covered with aluminum foil-. I then hung it right from the fixture with twine that I can adjust as they grow. Pretty rustic but works!
Of course it would be simpler to buy your seedling from a reputable green house. I grow mostly heirloom vegetables as I do not like my seeds altered. I wrote about the difference between heirlooms, hybrids and GMO seeds in my post on Shopping for Seeds and I was amazed by what technology and the seed companies are doing to manipulate our seed supply. Another reason to consider heirloom varieties is that we are loosing so many old classics and our field of options keeps getting smaller as years go by. This is an important way to preserve the diversity of our food choices. Also, with heirlooms you can harvest the seed and preserve it from year to year which is the reason we have them today. Some varieties can be traced to ancient times! I intend to keep seeds from my favorites and make sure they survive for years to come.
“Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow — perhaps it all will.”