2011 SeedGROW Project Kicks-Off Today
There’s no better way to start the gardening season than listening to Renee Shepherd talk about seeds. She is, after-all, the face/name behind Renee’s Garden Seeds. I was fortunate that she made her way up north to our small-town nursery a couple weeks ago. She gave a very inspirational talk on using herbs for cooking, oils, vinegars and gifts. I was so inspired, I purchased her new cookbook (she has two). I can’t wait to make some of her basil vinegars.
Anyway, I’m happy to report I’m participating in the SeedGROW project again this year. There are 12 or so of us bloggers from across the US that received the same three packets of seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds: Italian Cameo Large-Leaf Container Basil, Summer Splash Marigold and Garden Babies Butterhead Lettuce. We’ll post our seed sowing/growing progress on the 2nd of every month with all posts linked on http://grow.gardenbloggers.com/.
Since I’m in Washington (the state) and we’re having a cold/wet/typical spring, I don’t have much progress to report just yet. I did take pictures on May 8 when I started the seeds and again on May 31 for an update. Here they are:
I couldn’t tell if the little seedlings coming up were weeds or marigolds so I opted NOT to include an after picture.
I almost snapped a photo with a chicken digging in the pot but it ran off. I guess that’s what I get for planting them unprotected in front of our chicken coop. The next round I’ll cover with hardware cloth to keep the little loves out. It’s not too late for the Basil, our soil just reached 60 degrees so I probably planted the last batch too early anyway.
Because I needed to order a new batch of Italian Cameo Basil, I decided to pick up a couple other treasures from Renee’s Garden Seeds while I was at it. I paid for these out of my own pocket:
- Basil, Italian Cameo
- Carrots, Round Romeo (little round balls!!)
- Carrot, Circus Circus
- Lettuce, Garden Babies (I already love these)
- Squash, Trombetta
- Zinnia, Polar Bear
I’m growing with the SeedGROW project. Thanks to Renee’s Garden for providing us with free seeds!