So, after a long day, I finally got to start a few seeds. I picked 4 that I felt needed to be started now. I will start more in a week or so.
I started with some pellets. Added the water and waited for them to expand. I also took notes. I wrote which ones I started and what day. I'm also keeping the seed packets and writing the dates on them. Then I will know when it is okay to plant them out.
Feb. 28: So here we are on week one. And we have seedlings! The dahlias and the black tomatoes are up, and it seems like the peppers should be up any day now. So today I planted a few more seeds. Just flowers. Next week will be cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.
I don't have a cold room. I'd love to have one. Some place to store all the things I want to plant. Carrots, potatoes, canned tomatoes, jams and jellies, pumpkins....
But I don't. So I just planted carrots. I bought 'Ideal' carrot seeds from Halifax Seed. They are a short carrot, which is great for my crappy, rocky soil. (Rondo is also a good choice for this)
I pulled a few back before Christmas to go with dinner, but we ended up eating at my grandparents' instead. I still have a few in the fridge. Just as good as the day they were picked. The rest were still in the garden until this morning (Feb 4)
I brought them in the house, cut the greens off (and set them aside for the rabbits), and rinsed them off. They are now drying, waiting to be put in a bag with holes in it.
After the first frost, carrots stop growing. You can just leave them in the ground after that, then pull them when you want them. You can add a bit of mulch for added insulation, if you like.