What do I do now?

Everything is all set to go! My seeds have arrived, and today we spent an inordinately long time at Lowe’s just trying to get materials to build the ghetto-fabulous seed-starting greenhouse I designed (below). Just as we were checking out, Josh said “you know, couldn’t we have just hooked up some lights to an IKEA bookshelf?” Grr. I wish I’d thought of that first – that way whatever space wasn’t being used for seeding could be used as… well… a bookshelf. -sigh-

But I’d already cut up the PVC, I knew the seed trays would fit, and besides, this contraption can all be completely disassembled when not in use. (Which, if I keep doing Fall gardening as well, will be for about two weeks out of the year. Shhhhh…) -grin- I am also planning on pulling curtains of plastic around the whole 2′ x 4′ contraption to keep cats out and humidity in, so it’s not quite finished: but as good as. I can start using it, anyhow.

Which is actually my problem. The book with the ridiculously long title – How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits: (And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine – that I’ve been referring to as “The Gardener’s Bible” gives dates of Spring seed-starting and planting based on the number of weeks before the Last Frost. Seemed plenty reasonable… until I started comparing those dates to other sources, all of which would have me seed-starting and planting way earlier – sometimes up to three months earlier – than the Gardener’s Bible.

So what do I do now? I don’t want to deviate from the plan that has come so highly recommended to me by a variety of gardeners… but at the same time, now that everything is here and ready to go, it’s almost torturous to try and wait another three weeks before startinga anything at all. Especially when those other sources out there say I should already have brussles sprouts, eggplants, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, head lettuce, onions, and parsley starting in my seed flats. After a long Winter, I want to get started planting NOW!

I’ve sent an email to my organic-gardener friend to see what he says to do. After all, he earns his living by doing this stuff! It’s so good to have such a resource around. :)

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