Well, here I am, week number three of sowing this years garden seeds for the 2021 growing season. Unfortunately I’m one of those people that wishes the Spring time growing temperatures would hang around just a little longer and be a tad more predictive. When I start my plants I try to figure out whether it is going to be one of those years that on April 30th you’re saying “where did spring go” or maybe it’s a thought of “when will it every quit raining and warm up. In either of those casess your plants are either behind schedule or ahead for the weather conditions.
So far this year it is about right but we did have a warm spell last week that made some things pop up. I extended fence on one end when it was in the low 80’s and found I had no problem walking in the garden. I even dug two holes outside of the newly fenced in area so I could move two plants that really bring on the bees. I found the grouns perfectly workable but decide not to move anything yet, I was too tired to continue, you know, worn out from not doing anything all winter. Before this I had gone through all my power equipment and summerized things that wouldn’t be ran until next winter and got things ready for this summer. Really had a hard time getting the tiller to start but that issue won’t happen again. What I did notice in my garden on the next day was that my chives were up about 3”. It’s cooled off again but they are about 5″ long now, perfect for some cuttings for baked potatoes, salads etc.
Below you will see the progression of the plants as of yesterday.
This is the first planting of broccoli, I think it is actually two varieties. I planted De Cicci and Waltham 29 but have really no idea as to what the difference is. I figured I would try the two and what ever I liked or seemed to do the best I would stick with. As you can see they got what is called leggy so I cut some scrap slivers of wood and made my own stakes then loosely tied string on them to keep them in place. A week ago I added two more seeds to each pot and they appear to be coming up slower. All I can attribute this to is too much water, heat mats helping with the germination and maybe the lights on too soon as plants tend to really reach for the lights. Last year I had plants that got leggy I believe because I had the lights too far away. At any rate, I’m hoping to see the second set of leave or the true leaves, then I know the hard part is in the past.
This is one of the three Okra plants I’ve started. As you can see it has its second set of leaves. I only started 3 Okra plants because I figure this will be enough for two of us. I planted Okra years (40) ago directly in the garden where it did quit well. I really like the little fuzzies on the leaves but these are not what you see on tomatoes, they are not roots so you can’t plant them deeper when transferring them to the garden.
This is the Baxter’s tomato. It is of the determinant variety and is actually referred to as a container tomato. I have my own questions because when I look it up the height varies in the description. The size is something more like a larger cherry or Campari tomatoe, about a golf ball size. I use them in salads, cutting them into quarters or smaller. I also use them in asparagus and brussels sprouts in a skillet. Nothing fancy but a little EVOO, the green veggie, a green onion slice into 1/4″ pieces, 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of minced garlic in the oil that you can buy and some of these tomatoes. Spices of your choice. I try to stay salt free so pepper, maybe a pinch of salt, a splash of balsamic vinegar and I use a salt free spice I get from Krogers. I’ll bury these two to the leaves when I transplant and probably be able to take these leaves off.
This is the Campari tomato plant. All I did was cut a 1/4″ wide slice out of the middle of a Campari tomato and put it in a Jiffy pot with about a 1/4″ of starter soil on top. I watered it and the seeds germinated. After that all you do is keep pruning out the smaller plants or weakest looking ones. You can see see some very small plants that I will cut out. I say cut out because I use a tiny set of scissors, I do not pull them out so that I do not disturb the roots. Remember, these plants/seeds are pretty tight in a slice of tomato. You can also see they are just starting to develope their second leaves. This will make them easier to choose which to cut out. Ready to prune on the left and pruned on the right. They are getting their second leaves which will make it much easier in the future.
Spacemaster semi determinant cuke on the left and Burpee Hybrid II on the right. The Burpee is considered a container or bush type of cuke.
These are my Tiny Tim tomatoes. They are referred to as container / determinant tomatoes because of their size. 12″ wide by 18″ high. I will plant more since determinant varieties produce up to a certain size then quit and the fruit just ripens. If frost get them they are done. They are new to me so I will try to plant them every two weeks or so. Nice thing about container plants is that if you do set them out too soon you can easily bring them indoors to the garage or someplace safe.
The two trays that are going to be part of the 78 square foot of raised bed garden for this year. I have beens, carrots and three types of onions that need to be planted as the weather allows.