Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day...

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. Without this holiday, we would all just take you for granted. The millions of meals, the loads of laundry, the billions of band aids,  and everything else that makes our days on this earth comfortable and pleasant. So, in the stead of all us children, Thank you.

Now, on to gardening. Since Mother's Day is the unofficial start to gardening galore, most of us (except those of us who get started earlier) will now go out and plant all and sundry. Carrots will be scattered, radishes spread, and beets planted. So with all of these annuals being planted, the perennial question resurfaces. Do we plant lots and thin later, or plant carefully and not have to thin as much?
Most of us  greedy gardeners get out there and with our blood up, become like the sower in the bible going forth to sow. (Just a note for the younger ones out there. There are two kinds of sowing - sewing and sowing. Sowing seeds and sewing stitches. The difference is that stitches don't grow and seeds do - sometimes, if you're luck) He sowed on the good ground and the bad, caring not but that by quantity, quality would be null and void.
I've found that if I sow this way though, I'll spend more time thinning or regretting not thinning because the are too many plants in an area, than the time necessary to plant each seed the necessary distance apart. In my opinion, spending more time now will result in less work, an orderly garden, and better larger plants. Of course, I still have lots of greedy gardener blood in me so I still overplant at times. 
When this happens, don't despair. Even the best laid plans of mice and men and so forth. Console yourself with epitaphs of some sort and get out the scissors. Instead of pulling out each extra plant and possibly uprooting the ones you didn't want to. Just snip off the extras and "reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed." 
The one exception I've found is a leaf lettuce mix by Johnny's seed co. called Allstar lettuce mix. You drop a row of seeds and they all group together.when they are large, your harvest a section and it is a mixed salad without the work of mixing. 
Now, the last ingredient, with the exception of dirt, which I'm sure yours is exceptional, is the seed. "What brand of seed should I plant?" You may or may not be asking this, but as you may, I'll answer. 
Get seeds from a local nursery that are from your area. These will usually do the best. Don't get lots of seeds from large stores that usually are bought in bulk from another state. In sharp contradiction, not following this wonderful advice, I actually order all of my seeds from Johnny's seeds in Maine. Why. Well since its Mother's Day, I'll blame my mom. She gets all of her seeds there, so I started there. Territorial is good as well, but the problem with these places is that you have to order them. This requires thinking and planning ahead. If you didn't place your order week, but still want to plant seeds today, get to your local nursery and buy local. 
So as the opening whistle has blown, and the starters bell has been rung, get to gettin' like b b king and let's plant stuff!


  1. I absolutely hate to thin plants - I feel like I'm murdering them! So, I make individual holes, but I want to make sure something comes up, so I put two seeds in each hole. And then I have all that seed left, so then sometimes I'll go back and put three or four in a hole, and then I have to worry about having to thin them again! Oh, it's a vicious cycle! ;)

  2. Thin plants, what no! HA I always tell myself I'm going to let them grow big enough to be eaten in a salad and then a month later I find one huge plant and a few small ones. Instead I try to plant to keep thinning to a minimum and then something comes and messes up the garden and clumps them all together. Who does this!!!!

    Moms, are at fault of everything habit we have. Sorry Mom!