Most of the garden action lately has been in the greenhouse. I’ve started eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, flowers and various herbs from seed. When the little plants grew tall enough I transplanted them from the 2″ seed starting trays into a Dixie cup, burying the stem up to the first leaves. This makes for nice, bushy plants. Instead of leggy, spindly ones. I also keep a gentle fan on the seedlings, which will help them grow nice and strong. The fan serves to keep the air circulating and mimics a gentle breeze. Plants are like children. They need to be outside in the fresh air, in order to grow rosy and robust. If there is no breeze or air moving around the seedlings, they will be weak and floppy.
Tomatoes that are ready to go in the ground. The almanac suggests transplanting them on the 30th. So that’s what I plan to do.
Sunflowers that are overdue for setting outside. But everytime I transplant them into a bigger cup I bury the stem deeper. I think this is why they are so nice and strong.
Peppers. All different colors. Chocolate, purple, orange, white. I love colored peppers.
Chamomile, calendula, cilantro, basil, dill, borage and more. They are going to be transplanted into my raised garden bed behind the greenhouse, instead of the main garden.
Remember I tried to start sweet potato slips in a bed of sand laid over hot manure. Only about 20 slips came up. But they look healthy. I will tug them off the mother plant soon and root them in water. I will not set them out in the garden until mid- May.
The main garden is doing fabulous as well. I love to sit on the deck and look out at all the different shades of green growing out there. We have been out to weed a couple times. All this rain has made the weed seeds sprout. But it is not to soggy to work out there, or plant. So I am thankful for that!
Potatoes are up! I saved enough potatoes from last year’s harvest to plant again this year. So I didn’t really need to buy any, although I did!
Snow peas on the left and beets on the right. I haven’t had to water them at all with all the rain we’ve had.
Carrots on the left, more snow peas on the right. Carrots are notoriously hard to sprout, but you can see how well these came up!
Spinach that overwintered in the garden. Love these early spring salads. So do the cows! I share with them.
Onions. They are planting in the poorest soil of the garden. Right on top of the hill, with the smallest layer of wood chips. We’ll see how they do.
Drunken woman frizzy headed lettuce on the left. Romaine on the right.
Corn. An heirloom variety gifted to me from our worm farmer friend. This will feed the animals. It is not a sweet corn.
Garlic. ’nuff said.