Recessions have a way of being great for seed sales. Hopefully the seed companies used a good fortune teller last year and stocked up.
This article says that home gardens will increase by 40% http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2009-02-19-recession-vegetable-see... and veggie seeds are edging out the flower seeds based on projected demands.
Maybe I can use these figures to justify to Deb why I am planning two more garden beds for sweet potatoes, winter squash and winter melons. While I love to eat fresh-picked, these veggies store relatively well and getting them out of the intensive beds will give me more room.
Debbi is checking to day for local seeds, but from reports she is giving me at each store she goes to, we will have to place our seed order tonight. Not to panic, they have regular seeds, just not what I am looking for.
This is a MUST weekend to get seeds started (indoors). I am behind on my cool weather crops and the last average frost is about 8 weeks away so I am going to start some tomatoes, peppers, eggplants to have strong a ready to go on April 15th.
I will probably start some squash, flowers and maybe even the first wave of edamame (soybean for eating green) a few weeks later. I always push it some, but that is half the fun or spring growing. Just writing about it has me 'chompin at the bit' to get going.
Hmmm, that means I need more room in the greenhouse, so I might be bring more houseplants to the meeting tomorrow night.
Darn, I should not have thrown out that water-bed heater I have been carrying around for years. I always meant to use it as a seed-box warmer and then for some reason pitched it last year. It was sealed from moisture(obviously)and had an adjustable thermostat. Perfect! Oh well.