I hope you have had time to rest up this week. I for one am still a little sore but happy, happy, happy to have two new raised beds ready to go. If you want to catch up see how to get started here. It is time to decide what to plant and select our seeds/plants to put into the raised beds we created. I am not a fan of reinventing the wheel so I am going to give you a link to the planting calendar I live by. North Haven Gardens Fall planting dates North Haven Gardens is, in my opinion,hands down the best garden center in Dallas. Their plants are a bit pricey but very high quality and they know this area well. If you need gardening advice this is the place to go.
In one of my raised beds I am going to plant kale and spinach. I have never done kale by seed but plan to give it a try this year. The spinach, I will do by seed as always. I have a request from my husband for a whole bed of kale. Oh, catch me I am about to faint. The man loves fresh kale! Yes, I think we are getting somewhere.
In the other raised bed I am going to plant Swiss chard, beets, turnips, lettuce and a few rows of carrots for the kids. All of this I will do by seed.
So now you will need some seed. You can get seed from just about any store. I want only Heirloom seed this year because I am interested in harvesting my seeds for the next Fall to make my garden more sustainable and save money to boot. Heirloom seeds you can save to plant again, Hybrid seeds you cannot. Well, technically you can but they won’t turn out with the same qualities as the parent plant you collected them from. I bought my seeds from this company: http://www.seedsnow.com/pages/shop-all-seeds One thing I like about this company is their sampler packs cost only .99 cents but still contain quite a bit of seed. I like to try out a variety to see if it does well in my part of the country before I commit myself. I also like their all heirloom, non-GMO, organic selection. But there are a lot of great companies out there to choose from. The Healthy Home Economist did a great article on purchasing, not only non-GMO seeds, but not supporting those companies that have been bought out by Monsanto. If you are interested see article here. Take the week,study the planting chart, think about what you want to plant and order/buy your seeds. If you want to wait and buy plants instead of seed or if the best laid plans go awry and your late getting started. A’hem, no, no never happens to me. Ha ha. They will be out in your plant nurseries and feed stores in a few weeks.
I had a friend tell me “I don’t like any of those leafy greens. I want to plant spaghetti squash.” One sure fire way to see if you have time to plant something is to look on the back of the seed packet, where you will see; days to harvest or date to maturity. Take this number and count it out on your calendar, keeping in mind the first average freeze date is November 16th for the Dallas area. This will tell you if you have time to harvest your crop before it freezes. Best not to push it to the VERY LAST day. A’hem I never do that either. Ha ha. I love seed planting time; the hope of new beginnings!