The seeds are sprouting now--broccoli and Savoy cabbage are first of course. The tomatoes will be next, possibly the celery soon after, then the leeks and bringing up the rear, the peppers. All other seeds will either go into the garden as is, or be started later in the greenhouse.
I found an inexpensive way to start my seeds in the house this year. I saved my yogurt and cottage cheese containers for just this purpose. We poked holes in the bottoms of the containers, filled them with seed starting soil, and zipped them up in baggies. Voila! Miniature greenhouses. So simple and I cannot think why I haven't done this before. Live and learn. I have the containers in pans so I don't ruin my table top when I water them later on--if I need to. They may not even need it before I move them outside to the greenhouse.
I have to laugh every year when I look at the tomato seeds I buy. This year's selections? Lemon Boy, Yellow Pear, Mr. Stripey, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Better Boy, Early Girl, Amish Paste, Sweet 100's, and one or two others I can't recall. I know, I know--overkill. But each one is unique in flavor and use! Which ones can I not grow? That's like asking my mother which of her thirteen children she should have gotten rid of. Not possible.
The greenhouse is still in the box. I bought one online this year from OutdoorEdge, through eBay. What's it like? I don't know yet. I think it's going to be pretty flimsy and I'm worried about how it will hold up in our high winds. But Larry seemed to be finding all sorts of things to do besides build me a new pole greenhouse (last year's was in a bad location and now we use it to house the wood splitter) so I thought I'd give this a try. I'll post pics when we put it up so you can see what it looks like--and how easy/difficult it is to assemble. At $109.00, I figured it might last a couple years anyway, but not much longer.
What else is going on with the gardens:
- Larry hauled 3 loads of ancient manure from our son's barn and spread it on the gardens
- He also burned a pile of brush on one garden--nice addition of potash
- Today he plowed one garden and will plow another tomorrow if the rain holds off
- We've decided to put up electric fence to keep the deer out. Last year they ate more green beans than we did
That's all the garden news for now. What's been going on in your garden?