I have all my seeds for 2014. In fact, like most years, I have far too many seeds, and these last few days I have been trying to sort them to simplify planting and to make sure I don't forget any of them. I am also writing out labels for each variety to save time later on. Some of you might think it is a bit late to sort seeds, but this is Canada in a year when the winter has been the most severe in decades. Three years ago, hellebores were in bloom at this time of the year, but as I am writing this, there is still about one foot of snow and a few inches of ice packed on the ground even if both have finally started to melt.
|Some of my vegetable seeds and my planting schedule|
|Seeds from exchanges|
|My annual and vegetable seeds|
The other perennial seed are started in flats, and they are also subdivided into seeds that require a cold treatment (the seeded trays are put out early), and those that germinate at higher temperatures (they are seeded only when the weather gets warm).
Then there are the vegetable and annual flower seeds which are also sorted by planting time. First I separate seeds that are started indoor from those that are planted directly in the garden. Again, those planted directly in the garden are either early (peas) or late (beans) and the same for the ones started indoors. Tomatoes have to be started early, but cucumbers later. "Early" or "late" might mean different dates, depending on the weather. A lot depends on the last frost date. The best method for guessing when freezing temperatures are over is to look at the trees. Usually, when the leaves are mostly out, there won't be further frost.
As I said, I also write out at least one label for each package of seeds (I have more than one label for seeds that are planted at regular intervals like lettuce). These are the same "blind" labels I wrote a post about last year. They are very long lasting, never breaking down like plastic ones, very inexpensive and a good way to recycle.The shorter ones are used for alpines seeded "in situ".