I feel like I’m in a holding pattern at the moment, seeds are started but not ready to be moved to large pots yet. The garden outside is still snow covered so I can’t get to any outside work yet. So I thought I would share what I’m planting in the garden this year, or for today, what seeds I’ve already started.

This year I’m trying to cut back on the number of varieties I grow. I have a tendency to get carried away and start numerous varieties. This year my goal is to simplify. So I am starting three different varieties of tomatoes; Glacier tomato, Grandma Mary’s Paste tomato and Principe Borghese Tomato. Glacier tomatoes are an early tomato variety that produce small tomatoes perfect for salads and fresh eating. Grandma Mary Paste tomatoes are a large, early and meaty paste tomato that does well in the cooler climates. The Principe Borghese tomatoes are an Italian heirloom tomato; the small 1-2 oz. grape-shaped fruit are very dry and have few seeds. They have a rich tomato taste that is wonderful for sauces.

Principe Borghese Tomato

Principe Borghese Tomato

There will only be two types of peppers in the garden this year Early Jalapeno Hot Peppers and King of the North Sweet Pepper. Both of these peppers are standbys and have done well in my garden.

Jalapeño Pepper

Jalapeño Pepper

Each year I attempt growing eggplants, I don’t usually have much luck as we live in a cold climate. I am going to try Swallow Eggplants and see how they perform. Swallow eggplants are supposed to be easier to grow than other varieties so we’ll see how it does!

Last year I grew onions for the first time and had great success. I am trying a new variety (for me) this year called Red Marble Onions. I am also growing Copra Onions, which I also grew last year. We are just finishing up the last of them, they store very well. The Red Marble Onion can be planted close together for a pearl-sized onion or further apart for a full sized onion. They are supposed to have great long-term storage ability.

Storage Onion Crop

Growing onions for storage.

Leeks have always done very well in our garden. I dehydrated a bunch of them last year and even froze some. However I love fresh leeks so I am growing Lincoln Leeks once again!

Leeks

Leeks

The last packet of seeds I have started are Falstaff Red Brussels Sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

I love Brussels sprouts and usually grow them every year. For now these are the seeds I have started. Our kitchen is a little crowded with my grow table, but starting seeds is something I look forward to each year. It means that spring is on the way!

Spring is on the way!

Spring is on the way!

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