Yesterday, the tomato seedlings started comnig up, making me feel
better about the gardening year to come. As of this morning, 11
of the 18 pots have seedlings up.
Time to sort through the seed packets and see what else is ready
to go. And I need to pick a place in the garden for the first
planting of peas (hopefuly Saturday).
Same here, we're chomping at the bit to get something planted soon. If
it doesn't rain tomorrow we shall, at least, plant carrots. Tomatoes,
sweet chiles, chamomile, all doing well under the grow light but still
at least a week from planting those.
The pear tree still has blossoms on it but I suspect no pears as it has
been to cold for the bees to get around to fertilizing the blossoms. May
still be a chance as there is warmth and sunshine predicted for
tomorrow. I may live long enough to see pears. Watching the fig and the
kumquat carefully, fig should be blossoming before to very long but the
kumquat is a long way from its blossom time.
The sauerkraut is smelling, well, smelly as it should, no signs of mold
as yet. Perhaps I shall finally make sauerkraut that doesn't go bad just
before being ready. I might be able to can about four quarts of the
stuff if all goes well.
The mayhaw trees are in full bloom and we finally have a contact who
says we can have all we want as she doesn't like them or the jelly made
from them. I'm having visions of many, many jars of mayhaw to carry us
over the next winter and longer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayhaw
Today I built a "mini-greenhouse" onto the southeast facing wall of my
house , and moved all of my seedlings out there . Most of my stuff was
planted on 1/24 , and some of the tomatoes are almost 8" tall ... last frost
is almost a month away . I think I might have planted a bit earlier than I
needed to , but better that than have puny weak plants when the time comes .
I also moved the outside probe of my indoor-outdoor thermometer into the
greenhouse so I can monitor overnight temps . I might have to put some heat
out there if we get another cold snap , I have way too much time invested to
lose it all now .
I think I'll wait til the second week of Feb next year ...
Basically 2 plywood ends , a 2x6 nailed on top for a mounting/hinge place
for some old window sashes , plastic sheet on the front . It's attached to
the side of the house for a back wall . There's a 1x4 stood on edge at the
front to support the sashes and give me a place to staple the plastic front
, bottom of the front plastic is weighted with a couple of logs . The sashes
are hinged with some leather from an old desk chair - this was built
completely from scrounged material . Dimensions are about 93" long by 30"
deep and height varies because the ground slopes , from about 3' down to 2'
I'm considering cutting a square out of the downhill <south/west> end to
mount another piece of either glass or another sash , the plants on that end
would benefit from more light late in the day . Gotta wait for the rain to
end ... don't want to get zapped !
Thank you for the explainable. Got me to thinking.
We have had two 90 to 100 MPH wind storms over the last couple
of months, so I have to make sure it would not get blown into
the next state.
With a green house I could probably get an extra three months
growing out of the season.
I have had a greenhouse for about 10 years. Had a concrete pad poured
and ordered the greenhouse from Costco. It has a heater and a timer.
We also have a remote thermometer so I can check to see if I need to
open or close the door. I can start plants in January for early
spring setting out in March. Tomatoes and other more tender plants I
start in February and they are ready to be set out in April. I also
keep my small citrus trees in there in the winter.
On Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:34:16 -0500, Terry Coombs wrote:
That sounds really cool. I'd love to see a pic. It does sound like you
started a bit early but it shouldn't be too bad. The nice thing about
tomatoes is if you plant them deep they will form roots all along the main
stem. Most plants just get pythium and then die but not tomatoes.
Did you start any other seeds besides tomatoes?
Yes , I also have Serrano and sweet peppers and Marigolds . I planted
Anaheims and Jalapenos that didn't sprout so they've been replanted with
hopes of better results . I planted one each acorn squash and pumpkin as a
germination test for saved seeds which are still cookin' along too .
I have 5 varieties of tomatoes , San Marzano , Roma , Beefsteak , Mortgage
Lifters and some cherry tomato mutts . I have a long list of stuff to be
direct seeded , including squashes , zukes , cukes , pole beans , okra ,
several spices and probably others that I can't recall offhand <that's what
lists are for ...> . I even made a diagram of where everything goes .
I'll get some pics as soon as the rain quits and post to my photobucket .
Hoping our new camera arrives soon , a large step up from the point and
shoot cams we've had . Nothing wrong with a P&S , but I've been lusting for
a SLR for years now . Ma gave the go ahead to get one with part of the tax
refund , so I ordered a Nikon DSLR kit .
I think she wants the camera more than I do ...
Interestingly (or not) we've had such a hot dry summer here in New Zealand
that it's only in the last couple of weeks, since we've had a bit of rain,
that 'wildling' tomato plants are popping up amongst the flush of weeds
bought on by the rain. Most years the wildlings appear in spring and summer.
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