Yesterday was a big day. My friend Dylan and I planted most my crops for next year.
Last year I commandeered the kitchen table for my seedlings. However, the kitchen table has a couple of problems. The first problem is the sun. The kitchen faces south but I regularly had rotate to plants. Also, it does not get a full day’s sun. Second, the kitchen gets a lot of people traffic and the seed packs were easily abused. The third problem was we were not able to eat on kitchen table.
This year I have a fluorescent light set up in the basement. It is connected to a timer set to be on for 16 hours a day. I also have a small ceramic heater running to keep everyone warm.
Dylan and I planted the seeds and labeled everything. This was also a lesson learned from last year. Last year I labelled on the clear plastic top. As time went a long and I moved the plants around and I ended up having to wait for everything to grow to know what they were. I planted two types of tomatoes and tomatillos and had to wait until they produced fruit before I actually knew what they were.
Dylan and I planted: Salsa Tomatoes, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Jelly Bean Tomatoes, Purple Tomatillos, Green Tomatillos, Pickling Cucumbers, Green Peppers, Red Peppers, and Dill
Dylan and I worked for about two hours to get everything done well. Dylan also learned a lot about the seeds we were planting. He was a great helper. We also cut some plywood that will be used to build to base of a cold frame, a post that will be coming up soon.
The weather is still not giving any specific indication about when I will be able to get out into the soil. I do know it will not be long. It is good to see and feel the sun setting later in the day. I hope you are getting as excited as I am to put seed and plants into the ground.