And by some time, I mean just 3 measly hours Saturday morning before the rain moved in. The weather was finally nice for a few days, Thursday through Saturday around noon. I spent the first two at work and softball games and was determined to get out in to the garden before the rain came in on Saturday. It would have been nice to have had more time, but what I got was still welcome.
Another year of winter damage to the old garden beds
Dig out the sides and brace them with 2×2 spikes
In addition to doing some garden repairs, I also planted my lettuce and one spinach seedlings in the garden. They were happy for the new beds on with the weather in the mid 60s on Sunday and tolerated the rainy 50 degree day on Sunday. I’m not so sure they are happy with the 33 degrees and snow today however. I know this is Ohio, but come on, enough with the lingering crappy weather.
Some more lettuce plants
Rushed this post a bit as I wont have any time of the next few days to work on it. Hope it isn’t too bad.
The seedlings were feeling a little cramped in their current digs and needed a place where they could spread their roots and grow. I picked up some 5″ pots at Lowes for the tomatoes and some smaller 3″ pots for some of the lettuce. With the weather staying decidedly on the ‘sucky’ side (we still had enough snow to cover the ground this weekend), I am afraid that these tomatoes will need to hang out in the house for at least another 3 weeks but much more likely 4 or 5. Note to future self, start the tomatoes a bit later next year.
Crowded tenants looking longingly towards their spacious new homes
Still smarting from the year I neglected to label the pots. It was very hard to tell the tomatoes apart that year until there were tomatoes for the picking
Quite a diverse bunch
The plants around the outside of the seed tray all grew much larger and faster than the poor plants in the center. Now that they are separated with a bit more room, I am hoping the slow pokes and play a little catch-up.
Next I need to fix the head room issue
Unfortunately, giving the tomatoes more root space results in less room under the lights for all the plants. The majority of the lettuce, and lone spinach, will be getting a taste of the outsides for a bit. I’m hoping to get these guys planted into the garden next weekend. Until then, they get a night inside as the low will again dip down to 29 degrees and then back to the deck for hopefully the rest of the week.
More root space means less plant space
I keep taking pictures with the intent to use them in a blog post. As you can see so far, I have been failing on that second step. So, here is my catch-up post covering the progress of the indoor seedlings.
First sign of lettuce seedlings, 3 days after planting.
First sign of tomato seedlings, 7 days after planting.
Tomatoes going strong two weeks after planting.
Lettuce two weeks after planting.
Becoming a little indoor jungle
I failed to capture a clear picture of it, but about 2 weeks after planting, I did finally get a single spinach plant to emerge. I’ll assume it was due to the old seeds, but who knows. Maybe it was unfavorable conditions to start them. You can see a tiny part of the spinach plant in the last picture above being smothered by the mongo lettuce plant in the adjacent cell. I did move a few of the lettuce plants to some of the open cells in the hopes that they will do better with a bit more space.
With the lettuce growing so well, it has me wondering if I could grow lettuce in the basement all winter. Surely not as good as growing it outside, but it might be nice to have some fresh greens occasionally during the cold winter months.
Hello and welcome to the 2018 growing season. After yet another year of diminishing blog posts, I’ll see if I can do any better this year.
To kick off the 2018 garden, I’ll start with a post about starting some seeds indoors. Today I started by planting some tomatoes, lettuce and spinach. I was going to try and start some kale too, but can’t seem to find those seeds. I’m using the same seeds as purchased last year to save a few bucks.
Last year I think I was a bit over zealous and started my seeds a little too early (Feb 26th). This year had a lot of other things going on and I didn’t stress out too much about starting the seeds a bit later. Time will tell if I waited too long.
New soil in the seed starting traya
Three varieties of tomatoes. Same as last year.
Just for fun, three different types of lettuce as well.
All settled in on the growing shelf in the basement
Always exciting to get the first harvest from the garden. This past week I picked radishes on Wednesday and and some lettuce for a salad on Thursday. I’ll once again have plenty of lettuce so if any of you who are nearby need some let me know.
First harvest of 2017, a bunch of radishes
First lettuce of the year.
A quick check on the garden tonight and I was happy to see some more plants emerging. No need to write a big preamble here, the pictures and captions should suffice.
Nice circle of peas
First sign of a green bean
Zucchini from seed has made an appearance
Sweet Corn has also joined the party
Brandy Boy tomatoes are looking a nice shade of green
Lettuce started indoors has started to look good this week
A quick check on the garden tonight and even though it was a bit cooler and cloudy today, the garden seems to be off to a decent start. New plants sprouting and the early planted plants are not looking worse and in most cases actually improving. Once we get through a chilly morning tomorrow, the weather looks to warm up and get sunnier so I am anticipating some more good growing days ahead.
First Pea plant has emerged
Just three days in the ground and here are the radishes already
Lettuce sprouts are also making an appearance
This Brandy Boy tomato seems to be enjoying its new home. Nice and greed with new leaves already starting.
Zucchini with a bloom already.
Not sure what to make of the early blooming zucchini plants. I wonder if it is perhaps a sign of distress. I guess it is possible starting them inside earlier than I should have as well as being cramped into the smaller container messed up its development cycle.