I planted my garden seed today. I know I am taking a chance of having everything killed by frost. If I do, I will simply replant. I have my purchased tomato and pepper (jalapeno and bell) plants hardening off right now. My heirloom tomatoes are just starting to put out their true leaves so it will be a while before I can plant them. I looked at the planting date last year (I mark all planted varieties and date on the bed timbers with a magic marker every year). I planted the garden on 03-17-09 and survived two late frosts.
I already had two varieties of sweet onion growing (about 600 onions). I had two varieties of Romaine lettuce growing. I had probably 60 garlic plants growing as well as two varieties of carrots. Today, I planted Sweet Success and Burpee Sweet Burpless Hybrid cucumbers, yard long "Asian" green beans, Burpee Pic & Pic, Horn of Plenty, and Gold Bar varieties of yellow squash. I will plant most of my peppers and tomatoes this weekend with the heirlooms going in the ground in two weeks (after the latest possible frost date).
I saved seed from last years yard long green beans because the seed I purchased from Burpee last year was very, very poor in quality. I only had a 25% germination rate. After I thrashed the bean seeds from last years crops, I separated them into the largest, most viable appearing seeds and the smaller viable appearing seeds. I planted the largest seeds hoping I will get a better germination rate with sturdier plants.
When I am able to plant my heirloom tomatoes, I will plant some Stupice. I have really debated whether to plant Stupice or not. Of the seven varieties I germinated, the Stupice germinated faster and with more vigor than the other six. I understand it is an early producer of heavy yield, small, low flavor fruit. I almost decided to not plant the Stupice because of the small and low flavor traits, but I may try to have the earliest ripened fruit. Who knows I may win the earliest tomato contest.