Monday, March 9, 2009

Starting the Garden - Part 1

We started our garden today! The weather has been so beautiful - 70's and 80's for the past
three or four days. It really puts one in the mood for growing things! We didn't plant anything outside, though - we know it will get cold again before spring arrives for real.

Steve bought some little starter greenhouses that had pellets of soil in them that were as flat as coins. We added water and they got huge! So now we have these little towers of soil (they are wrapped in some kind of mesh to keep them from falling apart) that we planted the seeds in. With luck, we will have strong, healthy plants to put out into the garden (that we still have to get ready) in about 6 weeks. I haven't had a garden since I was 24; I am pretty excited! (I tried a couple of times in Florida, but never could grow anything but jalapeno peppers, there...)

We planted:
  • Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge, an heirloom tomato from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  • Red Grape tomatoes

  • Rutgers tomatoes

  • Beefsteak tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Watermelon

  • Yellow Star hot peppers (a free trial seed from Baker Creek)

  • Sweet Chocolate sweet pepper (brownish-purple heirloom pepper)


    We will be planting more things directly outside when the time comes - beets, squash, okra, etc.

1 comment:

sally said...

I used the same peat pellets for my tomato seeds! Love 'em! Make sure you have the light just inches away from the top of the plants or they will get spindly as they reach frantically for the light. My tomato plants are about 5 inches tall now. You can check out this article if you'd like to see what I've read: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/tomato/2005015135020413.html - Sally