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Sunday, October 25, 2009

budgets and seeds

This weekend I spent more rainy-day time working on my planting plans and seed lists. And yes, it's very early to be doing this - most folks do it in January. But, working within a very tight budget, I wanted to see if my seed cost guesstimate was accurate. If not, then other things would have to be adjusted down because, well, when growing plants, seeds are sort of non-negotiable. Necessary. Crucial. As it turns out, the seed budget will be a bit higher than previously anticipated. Part of that is because I want to grow several varieties of each vegetable, and so there isn't a lot of savings that could be had by ordering bulk packages of just a few. For instance, there will be over 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes in all the colors you can think of - pink, white, green, orange, yellow, purple, and of course red. And then there are different shapes and sizes - beefsteak, plum, cherry, oxheart, and others. It all adds up. And that's just the tomatoes. But what fun would it be to just plant "Big Boy" or "Early Girl"? Yeah, not much. So the seed list is long.

Which brings me back to the fact that other areas of the budget will have to be trimmed. Because I'd like one of these. A lot. I mean I really, really want one before the mesclun and other closely-spaced seed needs to be planted. This puppy can plant six rows of baby greens, or radishes, or carrots, or, well, you get the picture. Can you imagine trying to plant 240 square feet of baby greens by hand? At two-inch spacing between each microscopic seed? I can. It's not pretty. So between now and January, I'll be pushing numbers around trying to see how to get this into the budget.


Sheltie Owner said...

That sure is some gadget! $500!!! Yikes.

Maybe have a bake sale to raise money? (grin)


Kate said...

Hey! Your name was a tipoff that you're not too far from me. So I followed it to your blog. Nice one! Some friends and I have a regular seed swap/group seed order meeting each January in Berks county, on a small farm sorta near Boyertown. No telling how many of your seed packets could be shared with another gardener, but surely a few at least. Perhaps someone would even have seed to swap that you could have for the asking. Let me know if you'd be interested. I'm sure you'd be welcome.

Jody M said...

That gadget is sweet. I may have to add that to my wish list!

I have some seeds listed on my blog on the right side under 'Destash.' It is below the list of posts about tearing our garage down. If you see anything you want, let me know.