planting peas

 
 
I planted my peas today. I started them indoors in big flat boxes and cut off paper bags. I’m a fan of planting indoors, mostly because I can watch them grow. But also I can baby the seedlings, making sure they get the right amount of water and light (under plant lights). For peas, another reason for planting inside – my voracious chipmunks. There are so many chipmunks in my garden and they have, in the past, gone right down the rows and dug up and ate every newly planted…
 

my planting progress

 
 
I’m planting way too many varieties of vegetable seeds this year. Last year, I cut back on different varieties and planted only my favorites. This year, the opposite. I’m planting a few plants each of many different varieties. I have a big Excel list to keep track of them all. So far I have planted: Feb 5: rosemary and thyme Feb 23: lots of onion varieties, also celeriac and parsley. March 4: 11 cabbage varieties, also escarole and endive. March 10: 4 basil varieties, 5 marigolds, 5 eggplants, and 15…
 

favorite week – planting corn and beans and transplanting tomatoes

 
 
This is one of my favorite weeks in the vegetable garden. Highlights are transplanting tomato seedlings outside and sowing bean and corn seeds. I transplant my hardened off tomato seedlings to the garden when night time low temperatures are routinely above 45F and mostly above 50F. I transplanted my mom’s tomatoes today (Mother’s Day). In the next 10 days, no local temps below 45F are predicted, and over 50% of nights are above 50F. Another good measure is soil temperature, which should be above 55F for planting our tomatoes. I’m…
 

planting brassicas

 
 
Today I planted a half bed of brassicas: Red and Murdoch cabbage, broccoli Blue Wind and Bay Meadows. Also cauliflower Snowball Y and, in my lettuce bed, radicchio. My seedlings are all about 3 inches tall. I will need another bed for more brassicas. I have some nice broccilini seedlings: Happy Rich and Piracicaba. Also bok choy. The weather has turned warm so fast. I don’t see any nights below 47 through May 10. I am thinking it’s Ok to plant tomato seedlings out soon. But I’ll plant out in…
 

 
 
My cold seems to maybe be getting a bit better. It’s been dragging on almost a week now. Today I finally got done work done and planted my cucumber and winter squash seeds. One tray each. Also up potted 4 or 5 types of flowers and brought them down to my new greenhouse. The greenhouse is running about 60-70F during the day and 40F at night. Perfect for peas, onions, and other cool weather crops. for now, my tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other warm weather crops are still on my…
 

up-potting

 
 
I transplanted my peppers and eggplants into larger pots today. …a bit of a mess in the kitchen, but I love working with all these little seedlings.  
 

planting sweet pea seeds

 
 
This is the method of planting sweet peas that I just learned from NW organic gardener. nick the outer skin of sweet peas seeds – a large fingernail clipper works… layer the seeds in wet paper towels… check daily after 5 days… as soon as they get their tails, pot each in a 2 inch pot with tails pointing down… they don’t all tail at the same time so plant them as they do…. make sure the soil is damp, not wet, and wait for first the sprout to break…
 

what’s up today

 
 
 – I’m planting my snow peas (inside) today,  – my little sweet pea seeds (in wet paper towels) are getting tails,  – my artichoke seedlings are starting their 10 day vernalization (below 50F) out on my patio  – my tomato seeds are planted (17 varieties), but they haven’t sprouted yet  – my vegetable garden is totally free of snow now!!  – my garlic and my mom’s are up – nice little 3 inch sprouts  – and I think I may be able to start filling my salad bowl from my…
 
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