Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First Seeds of 2012 Planted

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I have planted the first seeds of the new gardening season. I planted a 4x8 bed of Oregon Sugar Pod II snow peas. The weather got really cold the last two days, but it is supposed to be warmer after that. I hope I have a pretty good germination rate.

I planted these last year, but made the mistake of not trellising them. Supposedly this variety doesn't need trellising, but I won't make the same mistake twice. I also planted the seeds and rows farther apart this year. Last year I packed the seeds so tight, it made them difficult to manage.  We will see how it goes.

11 comments:

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

It is so cold here in NC I can't even think about planting anything..in fact I better get that cabbage up before it freezes up on me...busy day again tomorrow.

Kris said...

I bet it is so much colder up there...supposed to be 23 down here tonight which is bone chilling. By Wednesday lows in the mid 30's and highs in the 60s.

Luis Tobon said...

I started my seeds indoors but nothing outside. I plan on planting the same snow peas to get those going.

Ed said...

Lucky you, I'm lucky if I can my peas in by St. Patricks day!

It's 11 degrees here now and I'm hoping it stays for a while... death to the stink bugs!

Crafty Cristy said...

I planted some chamomile from seed. I forgot to post my blog about it. Thanks for the reminder. The information says that they need some time below freezing and it was supposed to be a hard freeze the last 2 days. (It was.) I am hoping they grow. The seeds are so TINY.

Good luck on yours.

Kris said...

Luis - I bet you could start those snow peas outside if you live in California. Are you in Southern California?

Ed - That is one advantage to living in the South, we have pretty mild winters. However, the summers can be brutal.

Cristy - Yea, we had a hard freeze last two days as well. I am sure the same front hit us both. Supposed to warm up the next few days.

Dixie said...

How far down in Georgia are you? I'm in Chattanooga & wondered if it would be too early to try some sugar snaps. I do square foot gardening, so my beds can be worked in any time.

I just noticed in your side bar about SFG & Mel. Are you a member of the official SFG forum? http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/

It's a great, friendly forum.

Kris said...

Dixie - I am smack dab in the middle of Georgia about 100 miles south of Atlanta on the west side of the state. Everything I have read about peas, snaps, and snow peas is plant them as soon as the ground can be worked. I take that to mean that as soon as it isn't frozen anymore. For me the ground is never that frozen. I planted my snow peas January 3rd, and they germinated just fine. They are about an inch tall now. I think one of the keys is to make sure you plant them when you won't get a lot of rain because the seed can rot if it stays too wet. Since the cooler weather makes germination slower, try and plant when you have several days of dry weather forecasted.

Thanks for the link on the SFG forum, I will check it out.

Aran M Cockburn said...

I am so jealous of everyone down south.. I'm in Ontario, Canada, north Ontario actually. I'll be lucky if I can sow outside in April, it's usually May at the earliest. This year I'll do better though cos I'll have a potting shed/seed starting shed with growlights and can start a lot of stuff much earlier ready for transplanting...

Aran

Kris said...

Wow, North Ontario makes me cold just thinking about it. I can't imagine how cold it must get up there. While we do have the advantage of growing things earlier down south, we have the trouble of keeping them alive through the scorching heat of mid summer.

Aran M Cockburn said...

Hi Kris... today it's been mild only down to minus 17 Centigrade...lol So far this winter we've hit minus 32 Centigrade which isn't too bad. I have known our temps go down to minus 40 or minus 50 centigrade in January... But we're nice and cosy with our two wood burning stoves to keep us warm...lol