‘Counter’ Cucumber

“I’m gonna grow some plants on the kitchen counter, ok?”
“OK!”

I’ve been feeling a bit sad that I didn’t get around to starting any seeds indoors this year, and then I remembered that old saying, “the best time to start seeds indoors is 4 weeks ago. The second-best time is right now.” SO I DID. It’s actually the perfect time to start some fast-growing seeds that only need a couple weeks’ head start on the warm weather. It’s too late for peppers and tomatoes, which are my very favourites to start indoors (the smell of tomato seedlings! AAAAH!), so I’ll pick up a few of those at plant sales. But cucumbers and zucchini are the next best thing.

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Greg’s Pumpkin isn’t an official variety. It’s a pumpkin from seed collected from a plant from my friend Greg. It’s a Great (Greg) Pumpkin.

Good seeds to start indoors right now:

  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini and other squash
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins

I’m growing these right on my kitchen counter because I know if they’re downstairs I’ll never remember to check on them. I’m a bit scattered these days, and I always have five dumb little projects on the go. Plus, it’s only for a short while — as soon as they start to sprout, I’ll move them outside during the day and even leave them out there as long as it stays warm.

All of these plants will benefit from being planted in peat or newsprint pots so you don’t have to transplant them. They’re little babies who don’t like to be moved.

It’s also not too early to start planting outside. Good seeds to start outdoors right now:

  • Carrots
  • Most greens — kale, spinach, lettuce, mustard greens, arugula, swiss chard
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Corn
  • Turnips — if you want to grow turnips, presumably because you are allergic to all other foods
  • Potatoes (from seed potatoes)
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