New Beginnings

I always find it exciting to begin to plant seeds again, after a hiatus in December. Planting radish seeds outdoors and starting artichokes, arugula, fava beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, peas, scallions, and spinach indoors is my favorite way to start a new year.

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Crimson Giant radish seeds from Victory Seeds going into the ground!

I use Portland Nursery’s Veggie Calendar as my guide to timing my planting. It’s usually right on, though with climate change our growing conditions can differ dramatically from year to year, so sometimes I use my intuition and plant things earlier or later. We have been having a very warm winter so far, so I’m expecting a warmer than usual year.

Another guide I turn to is The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and they are predicting a warmer than usual year, as well, although with a colder February. I can always keep my January seedlings indoors for another month, if need be:)

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