Sunday, April 3, 2016

Feels Like Summer!

We have been enjoying very warm Spring temperatures this year.  April 1st and 2nd hit 20 degrees and hardly any snow remains on the ground.  Our property was a muddy, spongy mess until yesterday, when we had a solid day of brisk wind that dried things up.  The garden patches are still wet, but everything else is dry enough that we can start cleaning up from last Fall and pulling weeds.  Even the raspberry patch is clear, so unless it snows heavily in the next two weeks (always a possibility!), we can start to trim down and thin out the canes soon, too.  

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Giant Musselburgh leeks and flat leaf parsley

One of two trays of rosemary

(L to R) Two trays of marigolds, feverfew, and yarrow

Ping Tung eggplants and sweet bell peppers (mixed colours)

Parsley in a milk jug greenhouse

Tomato seedlings - this year I started:

  • Bonny Best (red, round, canner/slicer, classic/long-standing heirloom)
  • Early Annie (red, round, canner/slicer, heirloom similar to Bonny Best except it's determinate)
  • Red Zebra (red w/orange stripes, beefsteak, heirloom)
  • Principe Borghese (red, small, heirloom, good for sundried tomatoes)
  • Amana (orange beefsteak, heirloom)
  • Sungold (sweet orange cherry, hybrid/commercial)
  • Speckled Roman (red and orange striped, elongated, heirloom- not sure these will germinate, as the seeds are old)
  • Mazarini (pink, heart-shaped, paste, heirloom)
  • Pomodoro Nano (red, roma, paste, hybrid/commercial)
  • Black Prince (“black”, round to heart-shaped, medium size, salad tomato, heirloom, indeterminate)

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! Things are really looking good in your trays. And, 20 degrees outside already! I am so envious. Wonderful for you to be able to get a head start outdoors, especially with R. around to give you a hand. Your seedlings look amazing. Went to a one hour programme at the library yesterday on garden planning and growing transplants. You could have taught it yourself! The fellow was a member of something called The Atlantic Master Gardeners Association and actually quite knowledgeable. He lived north of Slave Lake at one point, so knows all the tricks. Next week he is doing a hands-on transplant workshop, so I will enjoy digging in the dirt and coming back home with some pepper and tomato plants. Sure hope your good weather continues until you have had a chance to accomplish what is on your list.