Spring is just about here and that means it is time to start planting seeds. In the past we have started seeds as early as February, and have found that is too early for our Minnesota climate. It is march fifth right now, and this morning we got started. Down in the basement under an old grow lamp purchased at a garage sale, we have onions, leeks, collard greens, Brussel sprouts, celery, and peppers. We have some fun heirlooms this year, a few we have tried in the past, and a few new ones. Finding a new appreciation for Brussel sprouts at Thanksgiving this year, we are going to grow Long Island Improved and Rubine. Georgia Southern and Champion are our choices for collard greens and Tendercrisp for our celery. Last year we grew Jimmy Nardello, a sweet Italian banana pepper and were blown away with the quantity and quality of this heirloom. A few new additions to the pepper line-up are Bulgarian Carrot which is an orange, hot pepper, Tollis Sweet Italian, and a mystery Italian pepper sent to us from friends in Italy.
Excluding the peppers, all the other plants are fairly cold hearty and will hopefully start to be hardened off in our green house or cold frames within two to three weeks. I will be posting more on that soon, along with more varieties of seeds that will be getting started. One last thing, Aaron at Powering Down, has a good post about mixing up your own seed starting soil. Anyone with a little extra time might want to check it out and give it a try.