Friday, April 15, 2011

Planting Window

The garlic is looking good!
On April 8 Shawn planted:
6 Azuychka
6 Black Zebra
6 Marvel Stripe
6 Dagma's Perfection
30 Vantage Point (Cabbage)
18 Dutch Flat (Cabbage)
The things with the crazy names are tomatoes.

On Sunday the 10th I got out the tiny celled planter and got a bunch of herbs started.  After two days, the basil was up.  So rewarding!  Nothing else (dill, fennell, parsley, cilantro, epazote, and stevia as I recall) is up yet.
Baby basil.
Also on the 10th it wasn't raining, mostly.  I finally convinced myself to go down to the garden and do something--took down the bean supports and pulled a bunch of the remaining hoses.  Then it started raining so I returned to the comfort of the couch.  Soon the sun was out and we overcame the inertia to return to the garden.  Hurrah, it was possible to rototill some areas!  So we've planted spinach, radishes, beets, peas, and chard.  I checked last night and no signs of life.  It's been fairly cold, so hopefully they'll come when they're ready.

The other seedlings are coming along well.  The tomatoes have true leaves.  We added another light so we have better distribution.  Teri loaned us a timer, but now we need three-prong adaptors.  Must take care of that before we leave town next week.

The seedlings at Teri's.

The younger seedlings.
The tomatoes getting big!
Little in her nest, not sitting on the plants.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

They're Up!

We planted and then abandoned some of the babies.  The eggplant came up first down at Teri's and now about half of the peppers are up.  Everything's doing great down there.  We have the tomatoes and a few peppers.  Germination looks relatively good, but the tomatoes got leggy since we don't have a timer for the light.  Should probably get one of those.  Also should have just left the light on for the four days we were gone.  Oh well, lots of things one could have done.  I also had thought I'd be able to find Marvel Stripe seeds in Seattle.  No such luck.  The warm spot I made for Little is working--she has stopped crushing the plants and is happy on her heat pad in a dishpan.  Shawn claims she's incubating something.
But Friday was a beautiful day.  Shawn experimented with the rototiller.  As suspected, too wet.  We'll hope for a dryer week to come.  I took the twist ties off one row of tomatoes, did some work in the yard near the house, and made my first foray up on the hill to clean out birdhouses.  The grass widows, buttercups, and a lomatium that I've never seen in that kind of abundance were blooming.  It's good to know the ground knows it's spring even if we can't really tell.
The leggy tomatoes.

The lettuce is coming along in the greenhouse.

I gave these guys a haircut after the picture.