Quickly, the pace is starting to change around the micro farm. All the tomato seedlings came up this past week. I was surprised to see them all come up, because one four pack is planted with seeds that are at least three years old. So what ever comes up is a pleasant surprise. The purple tomatillos came up, but the green tomatillos did not, so I planted additional seeds in case the first batch were duds. This morning when I went to inspect everything I noticed a number of the peppers had popped up, and there were several that will be ready in the next day or two. I was particularly glad to see the peppers up, because last year I struggled to get the seeds to germinate.
With the tomatoes and tomatillos up and growing strong I decided to plant some more seeds. I planted a nine pack of celery, a four pack of rosemary, three; six packs of onions, and several packs of marigolds. I am trying onions from seeds again, I did not have good luck last time.
I will also purchase onion sets, I like the variety and consistency of sets. It is also hard to plant enough seeds to meet my onion goals for next year.
To accommodate all the new seed packs I moved the tomatoes and tomatillos to a new carrier and closer to the light. The light should be no more than an inch above the seedlings. If they are farther away they can get stringy.
I have been heating the plants with a space heater during the day. At night I have been turning it off at night for safety.
To help heat the seed packets overnight, I am going to fill the buckets with water. During the time the heater is on the water will absorb the heat. When the heater is turned off the water will give off the heat.
One of my goals for this year is to build a roadside stand to sell extra vegetables. I was able to start this weekend.
The stand will face north where a lot of our weather comes from, and the glass will be removable to protect produce from the rain and wind.
Can you feel the pace picking up? I hope you are enjoying the pace picking up in your garden.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.