Saturday, February 12, 2011

A quick note...

A warm week ahead, so, several weeks earlier than in the past, I planted two short rows of pole beans (McCaslan and Fortex). I had to harvest some collards to make room, but I got plenty of greens. Pole beans are up there with sweet potatoes when it comes to ease-to-yield ratio. And they take up very little space.

Tomato seeds that I planted weeks ago, and that I kept on a heating pad in the window for over a week, have finally germinated. They're weeks behind where they should be. After some damping-off and curious squirrels were done with my first batch of tomato seedlings, I think I have maybe five "big" plants left. (And by big I mean six inches tall... so, way too small.) But my decision to sow cucumber and squash a couple of weeks early has paid off--I've already "up-potted" them once, and they're ready to transplant directly into the ground tomorrow, or sometime early next week when I have a spare minute.

Peach, plum and blueberries are in full bloom. Nasturtiums are starting to run all over. Pansies are very happy with the cold nights and warm, sunny days.

Munching on snap peas, turnips, salad greens, carrots, radishes, beets, anything and everything green, broccoli... 

5 comments:

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Lovingmama said...

Thanks for blogging... please keep posting. I am enjoying reading about what you are doing and would like to hear more! I am in Gainesville... is it too eary to plant cucs outside? What should I do if a frost comes???

Michael said...

almost surely too early... cukes are VERY SENSITIVE as seedlings--heck,, even under 38° they'll get damaged, maybe killed. so, wait until at least the end of the first week of march... i'm taking a risk.

Lovingmama said...

Thanks =) May as well take a risk - what do I have to lose =) I was thinking the 15th was a safer date. Please keep posting what your are planting - we enjoy reading!

goffcouture said...

I'm getting a very late start this (my first) season of veggie gardening. I had no idea how long it would take for my seed order to arrive (almost a month!) and only just got them yesterday. Put tomato seeds in soil in pots this morning. Hoping for the best, but not expecting a big yield given the late start.

Love your blog as always!