Each year we try to start more of our own seeds rather than buy transplants from the nursery. We're also moving away from hybrids towards more open pollinated and heritage varieties. It wasn't intentional, it just seems to be happening that way. This year we're going to try seedsaving those varieties we particularly like. We're in zone 6b, sw VA, Blue Ridge Mountains.
So far we have started:
Imperial and Violetta Artichokes: 1st time in the garden and an experiment. The imperials are bred for annual production, the Violettas supposedly are hardy enough to overwinter in our zone with protection.
Onions from seed: Never have done that before. The seedlings are doing great with the added bonus of snipping the tips to add to salads.
Lettuce: head only, we direct seed leaf
Next weekend (3/13) the plastic goes on the garden to warm up the soil. Two weeks from now (3/20) we'll seed the tomatoes and eggplants indoors, and in three weeks (3/27) we'll be direct seeding the peas and spinach outdoors.
It snowed again yesterday....*sigh*