Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Planted today in my Parks seed starter:
1. Bella Rosa tomato
2. Mountain Magic tomato
3. Virgina Sweets tomato
4. Applause tomato
5. Sungold tomato
6. Little Fingers eggplant
7. Baker's Creek Cherry from Miles tomato
8. (ABC) Luna Hibiscus
8 (DEF)/9. Maverick Scarlet Geranium

I also transplanted 15 tomato seedlings from the end of November into Styrofoam cups-- Sungold, Tomande, Goji & Jetsetter. 


Leon said...

Hi Michael,

Sorry for off top - what do you think of greenhouses in our climate? I saw some very reasonably priced ones at HF and I was wondering if it's possible to use them as insurance against weird cold snaps (like the one last Dec) and also to extend spring and fall growing seasons? And also swap plastic for shade fabric during the summer and use as a shade house?


P.S. Believe it or not but I finished W&P :)) and didn't even skip that many pages (mostly at the end where he explains again and again that history is not a real science). It's a pretty good book.

Michael said...

my greenhouse consists of several large, clear plastic containers that sit atop my seeds & seedlings to get them growing during the cold months... it's been so cold this winter that i've resorted to using a heating pad indoors to get my solanaceae to germinate!

i dunno... i know people who have greenhouses and love them. they sure would help with orchids and for a couple months in the winter. but i just don't see enough bang for the buck. how much care and maintenance do they need? how wind-resistant are they? these are questions that i'd need answered before purchase.

and you finished W&P quickly... the old man rants a lot at the end. frankly, i skip most of the essays, having already read them a couple times. if you're looking for a smart and seminal view on W&P, it's hard to beat isaiah berlin's 'hedgehog and the fox' (available readily and free on the net). good read. remarkable, moreover, from the perspective of what used to be considered 'popular reading'... read berlin adn then try to find anything remotely as thoughtful and complex in our contemporary discourse...

Leon said...

> how wind-resistant are they?

That's exactly the first question we had. As for everything else - you're right, more research is needed.

W&P - I've always thought it's some kind of boring "smart" book. No, that guy from your mis-post was right - it's definitely a pulp fiction book or pretty close to it anyway. The style (or the easy reading aspect of it) actually reminded me of Tom Clancy, who was one of my favorite authors back when I used to fly a lot. I really don't understand how this book got its horrible reputation - I wish there was a sequel to it! Seriously, I do. I have a feeling Pierre would probably be involved in 1825 coup d'état attempt but I need to know for sure! :)) Also about the other characters ... Well, I guess authors back then knew when it's time to leave the deceased equine alone. Let's just thank the guy he is no J.K. Rowling ;)