Today I got a chance to finish transplanting the rest of the seedlings into some larger pots. Since the weather was much nicer today, I took advantage of doing the task outside on the deck. Eight more tomato plants and two of the lettuce plants scored an upgrade. Four of the lettuce seedlings were left over and instead of finding some place inside to cram them, I figured I’d let them take a chance out in the garden. With 70 degrees today, a forecast with snow on Friday morning and then back to 70+ on Sunday, it might be a bit too early but we’ll see how they do out there with the onion plants.
In news from the past garden season, tonight’s dinner featured sweet potato fries from last year and canned green beans from the year before that.
Upgrading seedlings outside on the deck
More tomatoes getting some room to grow
After some time outside, this is the complete set of seedlings
I’m afraid I might have started some my seeds a bit early. The tomatoes are fine but the lettuce, cucumbers and zucchini seem to be growing faster than spring weather is getting here.
To give some of the plants a bit more elbow room, I transferred about half over to some 3 inch pots.
I also received my onion plants in the mail this past weekend. I checked the garden tonight and it is still too wet to plant. Tomorrows weather looks like a great day, but I am not too confident that a single day will dry out the soil enough to prep it for planting.
Angle view of the crowded seedlings
Transplant in progress
A little late with this blog post. I actually started the seeds back on February 26th. Since then they have been growing nicely.
I started off again this year planting some tomato and lettuce seeds. I always have way more plants started than I have room in the garden, so I cut back this year and just started four cells of each type of tomato and the same for three types of lettuce. That left me with two empty rows. After a few days, I decided to go ahead and try something new this year and start my cucumber and zucchini inside too.
Here are the dates so I can refer back to this again next year.
- Tomatoes and Lettuce planted on Feb 26th
- Lettuce emerged on March 1st
- Tomatoes emerged on March 4th
- Cucumber and zucchini planted on March 5th
- Cucumber emerged on March 9th
- Zucchini emerged on March 10th
Below are some pictures because, well, what is the point of a blog without at least a few pictures.
No self expanding soil plugs this year, just regular seed starting potting soil.
Three different types of lettuce.
Three types of tomatoes, with two new for this year.
All warm and moist.
Lettuce in a hurry to sprout
Tomatoes emerge a couple days after the lettuce
All seeds are off to a good start
Cucumbers making an appearance.
Last to join the party are the zucchini.
First off, Happy New Year and welcome to the 2017 season of the garden blog! I hope to do a better job keeping the blog updated this year, but a lot of that will depend on how busy I get with work and life.
The last couple years, I have been using some of the seeds I had purchased from past years. While it did same me some money, last year I noticed some issues with germination and overall yields. Irregardless, it was time to replenish the seed cache as I have used up most of the stock.
The order this year isn’t too much different than in years past but there are a few new comers and variety changes. Most notably new this year is Kale. We’re a bit late to the Kale bandwagon but have started adding it into the salad mixes and I must say I am liking the color and texture it brings. It tastes decent and at least makes the salad look healthy right up until I dump too much dressing on it.
Other notables, while not entirely new, in the second year of growing sweet corn, I am going to a childhood favorite variety. This year I am going to give ‘Kandy Korn’ a try. I promise to not over plant the garden this year.
I’m also going to mix up the tomato varieties again this year. ‘Oh Happy Day’ and ‘Cherry Baby’ will join the favorite of the past few years ‘Brandy Boy’.
Finally a new variety of cucumber will be tried. I was not happy with the cucumbers last year as they just really never did much. This time around I am going to give ‘Burpee Hybrid II’ a chance. The claim of being disease resistant sounds very appealing to me as I seem to constantly have some mildew or fungus killing off my plants before they get to the end of the season.
Below is the full list of seeds and plants ordered. I’ll pick up Sweet Potatoes locally closer to planting time.
Item Number: 55610A – 1 Pkt. (200 seeds)
Item Number: 51474A – 1 Pkt. (2 oz.)
Item Number: 69501C – 3 Pkts (1 of Each)
Item Number: 68072A – 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)
Item Number: 53595A – 1 Pkt. (30 seeds)
Item Number: 13789C – 75 plants each variety (225 plants total)
Item Number: 53512A – 1 Pkt. (300 seeds)
Item Number: 60855A – 1 Pkt. (1000 seeds)
Item Number: 62450A – 1 Pkt. (25 Seeds)
Item Number: 61101A – 1 Pkt. (35 seeds)
Item Number: 51205A – 1 Pkt. (25 seeds)
Item Number: 54310A – 1 Pkt. (25 seeds)
Item Number: 63480A – 1 Pkt. (20 seeds)
Item Number: 61861A – 1 Pkt. (3000 seeds)
Still having trouble getting back into the groove on this garden blog. Here is a combined post to try and get me caught up.
It seems rare enough to get decent weather for Easter Sunday here in Ohio much less a nice one when it falls on March 27th. Not only was it nice enough for an egg hunt outside, but it was warm enough to even get into the garden. It has been a warm enough spring that I managed to get my onion plants out already. I’m calling these my Easter Onions and I am really hoping they come out the color of Easter eggs when it is time for harvest.
Jumping ahead a few weeks to just last week, I was able to get back out to the garden and get some of my cool weather seeds started. Nothing too exciting to see here but I planted peas, lettuce, spinach and radish on April 20th. There was rain forecasted and I figured I better get some seeds out there and let mother nature do the watering.
Finally, this weekend it was time to give the poor seedlings locked up in the basement some attention. The tomatoes have outgrown their starter cells and it was time to give them a bit more room for those growing roots.
Seedlings outgrowing their home
Unfortunately, there were more tomato seedlings than I had pots for. And even then I will have more tomato plants than what I really need to plant in the garden. I always feel a little bad leaving a few of the seedlings behind.
A bit more room to grow
Down selected to 16 tomato plants. Five HoneyBunch and SuperTasty each and six plants of Big Beef.
This year with labels!
Unlike the mistake of last year, this time I took a bit more time to put in some markers with which tomatoes are which. 😉 Always good to learn from past mistakes. As many as I make, you would think I would be a lot smarter by now.
Jump started lettuce
Final action of the day was to directly transplant the basement lettuce out to the garden. This was the first year trying this so I’ll be interested to see how it works out. I didn’t do any hardening on these, just chucked them outside. Will be nice to get some early lettuce from the garden if this does work out.
To close out this post, we can start where we began with Easter Onions. They can be seen in the background of the picture above looking decent so far this year.
The garden blog has been pretty dormant as of late but it is time to get things going. Today I prepped and planted the indoor starting seeds. I’m probably a week or two late actually, but… Well… I guess I really don’t have an excuse.
This year I am again starting way too many tomato plants. I have eight cells each of the three repeat varieties of tomatoes from last year; HoneyBunch Hybrid, SuperTasty Hybrid and Big Beef Hybrid. In the final eight cells, I decided to give indoor lettuce a try. I split them between Romain and Looseleaf blend.
I was again suckered into trying the pellets that magically expand in when water is added. These at least expanded, but they just were not large enough to fit the cells.
Refill pellets that are too small for the cells.
Luckily I still had some seed starting soil from last year and managed to fill in the gaps.
Additional soil added on top of the small plugs.
In an effort to not mix up which seeds are which, I will hope to refer back to this picture below. I should be able to tell the tomatoes apart from the lettuce. 🙂
Tomato and Lettuce seeds being started indoors this year.
Dungeon indoor seed starting shelf.
I’ve been neglecting the blog lately and hopefully this catch up post will get me back into the swing of things. I took a family trip up to Chicago last weekend to check out my sister and her husband’s new house as well as give the kids a taste of a big city. Before leaving, I took some pictures of the garden with the intention of writing a status update for the blog. Well, that was a week ago and I am just now getting the post written. Last week was the time in the garden where everything looks nice and neat. Not overgrown, not overcrowded. No troubles with insects or disease yet, just a happy time. By the end of this month, that carefree time will be over. Below are some pictures showing the state of the garden before we left for our long weekend.
Here we have the Bush Green Beans, Zucchini and two tomato plants anchoring the far end of the bed.
Next up are the sweet potato plants. I’m waiting for them to start vining out so I can bury them deeper with the mounds of soil.
Sunflowers are starting to stretch their legs
Brussels Sprouts. Two good, one sick and one already gone.
Four Golden Egg yellow squash
Sugar Snap Peas all in bloom
Mess of onions
Four more tomato plants
Basil and Lettuce
Cucumbers with some lettuce and radish growing in the shade of the trellis
Pole beans just starting to climb
Two rows of carrots
Closeup of the blooming tomotoes
Since the above pictures were taken last week, I have managed to harvest a couple more vegetables. First up was some peas which I finally had a chance to steam up tonight. Very tasty. I also thinned some of the onions and chopped them up for a salad and tacos.
First harvest of peas
A couple green onions to be chopped up for a salad