spring planting!

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Its my official start of a new gardening season! Today I planted my first seeds: one 3 ft row of each snap peas, Capucijner peas, endive, escarole, a lettuce mix, and black seeded simpson lettuce. I coated the pea seeds with inoculant just before planting. I have changed my side-bar count-down meter to keep track of the time until tomato harvest. Last year my first tomato was ripe on July 31. Around here, July 4 is the date gardeners shoot for. I’ve never even come close, but I thought I’d…
 

baby chili pepper sprouts

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My peppers have just started to get little second leaves. I’m thinking about transplanting them someday in the near future. There’s only about 50 million of them. Today I moved them to a south facing window (where they have a view of the vegetable garden and lots of sun). Capsicum
 

pepper sprouts

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Skippy is keeping an eye on my pepper sprouts. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all these pepper plants. But, I do know what I’d like to do with the peppers: POPPERS! I’m bookmarking the recipe at Danielle’s Florida garden here. Capsicum
 

pepper sprouts

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It is now 12 days after I planted pepper seeds (on March 15). Lots of little sprouts have come up. The pepper package said the seeds would sprout in 10-21 days (at 70F) and then be ready to plant in the garden in about 8 weeks (about May 15). I’ve been incubating these seeds at about 75F by keeping them next to a light under my fish tank. I found I had to keep a sheet of glass over them, as they dried out very fast without it. Once the…
 

planting the first seeds of the year

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I bought a package of hot peppers and decided I would try growing just one thing inside this year. Its alot of work to raise seedlings, so I haven’t done it recently. Of all the seeds to pick, I chose peppers. Patrick at Bifurcated Carrots has told me that these need to be kept above 70F to sprout. So I have set up a way to keep them warm. They are next to a small light on the refugium in a cabinet under my salt water fish tank. I turn…
 

planting lettuce

 
 
I can’t believe I planted a bed of lettuce today. Very foolish. I am ignoring the rapidly approaching end of the gardening season. Well, maybe we’ll have a very late frost this year. After all, we made it past the October full moon. And I did have a couple packages of seeds left. (How long do they last anyway?) I may try to cover the bed with hoops and cloth later on if I am ambitious. Its always nice to have fresh lettuce. I’m not sure how much cold lettuce…
 

seedlings in the rain

 
 
Here are pictures of my vegetable seedlings: basil, beets, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, scallions, squash and tomatoes. (I forgot to photograph the eggplants.) It is another wet day and the seedlings are all looking soggy and ragged. I think the basil is having the hardest time and I’ve already lost a couple plants. Clearing is not predicted until later next week with more heavy rains coming tomorrow.
 

my tomatoes are planted

 
 
The tomatoes are in the ground. 16 plants: 6 early girl, 6 supersonic, 2 red brandywine and 2 yellow brandywine. The ground still seems cold, but sun and warmer weather are forecast. I planted 6 eggplants in with the flowers in the border against the house, hoping they will stay warmer there.
 
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