Many people have asked for our vegetable seed starting calendar so here it is just in time to get the soil and flats dusted off. If you’re looking to determine how much of each vegetable to grow (desired yield and row feet) please refer to our previous post Oh My is that 850 lbs of Veggies. Also a very helpful production table can be seen here:
This is a simple table showing when we plant, and how many, sorted by seeding date. The quantities were based on our old veggie garden at the farm which was about 16 rows, 4′ wide and 40′ long, 2560 square feet of growing, not including pathways. Our new garden will be about 520 square feet in raised beds close to the house for small crops we pick often and then another production garden 40′ x 50′ in the field that will hold the corn, squash, dry beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, paste tomatoes, and anything else that doesn’t fit.
The varieties we’ve listed are some of our favorites, but I try new ones every year, mostly form High Mowing Organic Seeds, (HMS) which is located in Wolcott, VT right down the road from where Tim grew up, and Johnny’s Seeds, located in Maine near where I grew up – of course we are probably biased but these are two of the best sources in the country for seeds that have been trialed to work well on organic homesteads and small farms. We select varieties based on flavor, but more importantly disease resistance. Two of the new varieties we are excited to try from Johnny’s are:
Caribou Russet Potato Tubers
New! New russet for the northern states.
A new release from the University of Maine that is excellent for baking and mashing. Moderate yields of very attractive, oval to oblong, russeted tubers that store well. Variety was bred for and performs best in cool climates, so should only be grown in the northern tier (New England and states that border Canada). Moderately resistant to common scab and verticillium wilt; resistant to golden nematode race Ro1.
Omero(F1) Cabbage Seed
New! Mid-season red with good flavor. The avg. 3-lb heads are a vibrant bright red and are round to slightly oval. Good, slightly sweet, and peppery flavor. Suitable for planting at close spacing to produce mini heads. More attractive than Super Red 80, which it replaces.
Two from High Mowing are:
Organic Non-GMO Chiba Green Soybean – OPEN-POLLINATED Super early edamame with delicious, very large green seeds. Consistently 5-7 days earlier than Midori Giant, yet still blew away the competition for flavor. Compact, upright plants make harvesting easy and produce predominantly 3-seeded pods with attractive deep green color. Widely adapted throughout North America. Great for small gardens! Early · Compact habit (Glycine max) Days to maturity: 75-80 days
Organic Non-GMO Yellowfin F1 Yellow Zucchini – HYBRID The first organic yellow zucchini with PM resistance! Uniform, cylindrical fruits with pure gold color and buttery flavor simply glow at market. Compact, nearly spineless plants have an open habit for ease of harvest. Strong resistance to powdery mildew and intermediate resistance to CMV for a reliable harvest even in challenging field conditions.
There are so many great vegetable gardening books out there, including those from our local food gardening writer Charlie Nardozzi. Charlie’s most recent book is called Foodscaping and looks at creative ways of incorporating vegetables and fruits into our everyday landscapes.