Anybody else do their spring planning and planting over Christmas break?
I did my first pass planting plan yesterday. Mostly a rehash of previous years, of course. New:
Trying yummy peppers from Burpee. Hate the name, but I love the lunchbox peppers, and this one is a more compact (12-24" tall), faster-to-ripen (64 days) lunchbox style pepper. So the very-early indoor-outdoor peppers will be a carmen and a yummy.
January planting is early enough for early indoor-outdoor peppers. I didn't see much benefit to starting a pepper in September last year. Yeah, the pepper plant lasted 13 months. But I got twice the yield as from an in-season plant. A January start provides the same double yield, at much less babysitting effort.
Also want to try tomato grafting (grafting stuff at SeedsNSuch). Bucks County is still my favorite tomato, and I managed to get 34 fruit this summer – an all-time record. Still. I'd like more. And I'd like to try grafting. My whole kit (rootstock seed + grafting clips + instructions + shipping) came to $8.72.
And I'll grow all the onions from seed this year. The starter bulbs were fun and easy, but didn't produce more onion, or earlier onion.
Edit 1/16: Replaced the planting plan, and added germination crib sheets from Park Seed - how long seeds take to germinate, and how far ahead of time to start them indoors, for a huge list of flowers and vegetables.