Let the 2014 Garden Season Begin!

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This will be the sight of my kitchen table for a while! Sunday we started our 2014 garden season by getting the seeds sowed indoors. We are lucky to live in the South where the garden season starts early. Last year we planted our seeds and seedlings outside St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

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We started 8 varieties of tomatoes. Have I mentioned how much I love tomatoes fresh from the garden?! Sean now enjoys grape and cherry tomatoes too so I can count on him to help me eat them. Needless to say we have a ton (assuming a good year) and share so many. In the Columbia, SC area…stop by this summer!

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Fresh herbs….I can’t wait to walk out my door and cut them for dinner.

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We also started four varieties of peppers. What else, some cabbage, broccoli… The rest will be started directly in the garden come March, weather permitting.

What are your favorite garden goodies? It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but tops are tomatoes and lettuce. Come spring we eat TONS of salads and give away a lot of lettuce and spinach. Unfortunately, the tomatoes don’t come in until after the lettuce is gone. A tomato cucumber salad is common in our house during the summer though.

Here’s hoping to a successful garden this year, last year was horrible. We had asparagus, lettuce and melons but not much of anything else.

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9 thoughts on “Let the 2014 Garden Season Begin!

  1. Liz

    wow–you’re amazing 🙂 We always plant herbs and tomatoes indoors, nothing grows, then we buy starters at a nursery and do ok with those, but mostly buy produce at the farmers’ market. Looking forward to watching your garden grow!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I love our farmer’s market, but it is only Saturday morning. So sometimes we go through phases of getting there every week and then phases of not at all. There is another one closer but it is only Tuesday afternoons May through October. Too hard to get there with preschool pickup, elementary bus to meet and the summer is brutally hot at that time of day. So my garden is also out of necessity and convince. Plus the variety found in a seed catalog is so much greater than the garden store or farmer’s market. We just saw our first sprouts already….only 3 days since we started the seeds! I can’t wait!!!!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Our garden is huge! Certainly more than we could ever eat, especially things like lettuce, cabbage and spinach where you really need to eat it fresh. Another of my favorites was the pumpkins we had a couple years ago, like our own pumpkin patch, unfortunately it was July, not October! Enjoy your garden this year.

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  2. Emma

    I must say I am a bit jealous 😉 Here in Germany the real “get-in-the-muck-season” starts normally around April/May. Next month I’ll be starting the seeding for my roofgarden, though besides herbs I`m not quite sure what… maybe some pole or bush beans, carrots, mini cukes…
    Enjoy your Day 🙂

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  3. Liz

    I was wondering what kind of cookies those are…then I realized they’re seedlings. How lovely. I hope one day I shall be able to have a garden like you. 8 varieties of tomatoes! that’s a lot. I wish you all the best in gardening this year. I hope it will be much better than last year.. Best wishes!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I do like my tomatoes! Grape tomatoes, little yellow pear tomatoes, heirloom, San Marzano for canning…. So many possibilities, I had to control myself to contain it to eight varieties!

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