For the past three years I have made a planting calendar that combines the Biodynamic planting recommendations with my own gardening experience here in the high desert. This was mostly made to assist my fellow gardeners and to answer the question all my students ask most of me, ‘When to plant what’? It is also a great tool for me to record everything I did in one place (I am awful at record keeping) and cross reference in the following years…..
What can I say, this winter has brought lots of hibernation and big changes that have needed my attention….so my friends, sadly there is no calendar this year. Luckily these hands know what to do and I am happy to share with all of you through my blog what I am up to in the garden and greenhouse this season.
It may make for a series of short, possibly boring posts, but if you are one of my many gardeners out there you can just follow along as we plan and plant for an abundant season ahead, ( I hope you have been collecting all this moisture in your water tanks!).
I am also teaching a few classes this spring on Seed Sowing if you are new to all this Seedy business for Homegrown and the Botanical Garden.
The Planting Report
So for now the planting report is this….Last Saturday I went ahead and planted a ton of tomatoes (I think somewhere near 300, lord help me!!).. My Biodynamic calendar said it was an “specially good”day and I just couldn’t help myself!!
This Friday Feb 12th, is a Leaf day and I will be planting Celery, Lettuce, Kale, Chard in the greenhouse. I probably could have done all these a month ago, but I just didn’t feel the seeds calling. Now that Bridgid has blessed them all it feels time.
If I set up some row cover I may just plant Spinach outside…But then I have to start watering out there and I am not sure I am ready for that! But let’s just say I Could.
Have you ordered you Potatoes and Onions sets yet? Those go in around St. Patrick’s day and lots of companies sell out of certain kinds, so order them soon. I often buy Potatoes from Ronniger’s which is based in Colorado, or Irish Eyes which have lots of organic varieties. I have bought onions sets from Dixondale farms in the past and wow, serious onion bounty! Both Potatoes and Onions can be bought locally as well from Aqua Fria Nursery and lots of other seeds companies you may already be loyal to.
All this said, I do have a passive solar greenhouse and have very particular temperature and light conditions, so even though I can start stuff indoors it may not quite be time for you. The best way is to try of course, or your could come to my class and I can help you find the right conditions and timing for your situation! Happy gardening!