Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Almost Time for Planting Tomatoes

Check out our 14 day forecast - looks like Sunday is the day for plant out of tomatoes - night time temps are good

Time to start hardening off process

Monday, April 29, 2013

April 28 Blossoms and More

Arugula, cilantro and lettuce are now visible from first sowing.  The Tom Thumb peas are progressing nicely and the lone purchased Tristar strawberry is looking good.  I notice that this organic veggie mix from Eco-soil is very fast draining and requires almost daily watering to enable the small seeds to sprout.

Blooms are starting:  peas, blueberry and alyssum

Hmm, almost May, where to put my tomatoes ........

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Back to Tomatoes

Here are the dwarf Cheerful F2 tomatoes at about 6 weeks old ....... hopefully we get the evening warming trend as indicated in the local long-term forecast; nights should be about 50 degrees minimum before planting out without protection

April 16 Last of the Spring Sowing

Just a quick update,

Sown April 16:  Beets (Red Ace and Early Wonder) and Samish Spinach

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Plot 5 Update

Germination:  Cilantro, Arugula (pic), Deer Tongue Lettuce, Carrots and Mesclun Mix
 Sprouting:  Potato Onions (pic) and Yukon Gold Potatoes
New Additions:  Rumex (pic), Rosemary, Strawberry (tristar), and Alyssum

Interesting bit about Alyssum I found in the Osborne seed catalog
And sow it begins .............

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tomatoes Transplanted

Tomato babies have now been transplanted into 12 oz Styrofoam cups; Nature Mix organic potting mix with Mycorrhizae was used.  I prefer styrofoam as it seems to allow the roots to breath.

Here is Cheerful F2 - The F1 was a medium sized, nearly round delicious pink.  Craig at Tomatoville notes this is a rare opportunity to see what sort of things come out of a pink/green cross, with both parents being flavorful.

And more varieties

Peppers "Melrose" are also progressing nicely

The weather has turned rather cold again after a summer-like weekend two weeks ago.  My plan is to move six of the tomatoes plants to Plot 5 around mid-May.  The peppers will go in once the weather has really warmed.  All plants are being grown with west facing window light only, at about 65 degrees.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 10 - There's More to Sow

Well, I couldn't wait to cover the bare earth in my plot with green ........... I seem to have collected so much seed - a large shoe box full!!  so rather than wait and save space for the tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peppers I decided to plant more greens now; they can all be picked as baby greens to make way for the summer crops

a block planting of mesclun mix

also planted short rows of mixed kale, Allium fistulosum, (scallion), Bright Lights and Bietina chards

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Plot 5 Update

The weeds have been removed and the bed topped with some good quality soil (although I think I will mix the soil more prior to next planting) .......... peas (Tom Thumb) started indoors were transplanted about a week ago and are looking happy, the arugula is just starting to sprout, as is the Amish Deer Tongue lettuce, and the blueberry is leafing out

 Also installed a trellis in anticipation of a crop of green pole beans ........ to be planted when the weather warms in June

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Well, this blog's focus is tomatoes ........... so here they are...... time for transplant;

notice the difference in height - the shorter ones are dwarf

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Plot 5 Sowing/Planting Begins

Such a wonderful long weekend, now it truly feels like Spring ........ Seeds sown today: Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Italian Arugula, Slow-Bolt Cilantro, Berlicummer Carrot, more about my choices later also transplanted my indoor started Tom Thumb peas and a few Potato Onions ....... battery on my camera needed a recharge - so no pics of garden today