Friday, April 02, 2010
Here are some of my seedlings. Two other large flats and six packs of tomatoes, peppers, etc are still living in the house but since it's going to be in the 80's today, I may put some of them out later this morning to harden them off a bit. In another week or two they'll probably have to get put into bigger peat pots. Yesterday afternoon, I bought the last package of them at Walmart and I'm hoping that they'll have more in a few days because I have a very large amount of seedlings that will soon be outgrowing those little peat pots.
It took me longer to get the rototiller going and till one bed the other day and yesterday I manged to plant all the broccoli and cabbage, prune the climbing roses and do a bit more weeding and cleanup. Today I'll plant the broccoli raab, kale and some onions in that bed. The compost pile has two nice, volunteer kale plants which I'll dig up and transplant. I love those compost volunteers. They are always the healthiest, best looking veggies!
My energy is still low - wonder if it's because I'm 70 or just out of gardening shape this early in the season! Either way, after a couple of hours of hard planting and working in the sun, I'm wiped. Three years ago 6 hours in the garden was the norm on a good day.
Unless there's a rainy day in the next few days, the studio is just going to have to wait until I finish the current planting and prep more beds for potato planting. This year I'm planting 5 varieties - Red Pontiac, Kennebec, German butterball, Yellow Finn, and Bintji and this time I'm going to mark the rows so I don't wind up with a couple of bushes on unknown varieties!