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    Posted on January 5th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Even though it is only January 5th, it is time to plan your garden. In a few weeks geraniums and other slow growing plants can be planted inside or in a greenhouse.  This is a big time for comercial greenhouses to plant all types of plants. Review your notes from last season and make a rough draft of your 2011 garden.

    Now is a good time to take an inventory of your seeds to discover which seeds you will need to buy this year.  Some of your seeds may be too old to plant, or you may think they may be too old.  Test the older seeds by placing 10 of them in a damp paper towel, roll them up and place them in a ziplock bag.  Put the ziplock bag in a warm spot.  Check them often and in about 10 days you will know the percentage of germination of the package of seeds.  If five out of 10 sprout, then your seeds will have 50% germination.  So when planting those seeds, plant them twice as thick as you normally would. 

    Rotate your seeds so the oldest seeds will be planted first.  Make a purchasing list and take it with you when you buy seeds so you only buy what you need.  You can also buy seeds online and believe me it is hard not to purchase more than you need.  Some seeds will only be viable for a couple of years, so try not to purchase what you won’t use this year.

    You can find a huge list of catalogs by clicking here.  There are thousands of catalogs listed by subject and lots of fun looking at things that are hard to find.  I always learn something new when I read the descriptions from garden catalogs.

    Let your entire family in on the planning of the garden.  Let your children have their own garden spot and let them plant what they want.  They may have some good ideas and may try new things might work out great.  It is fun for them to be able to try something new.

    This year might be the year to try Heirloom seeds and to begin learning how to save seeds.  Click here to read what I wrote about Heirloom seeds last year. More information about Heirlooms vs Hybrids click here.

    Even if you think it is too early to ‘begin to garden’, at least start to think about planning.  Spring will be here before you know it.  It always sneaks up on me, I try to plan as much as I can as early as I can.

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