Friday, April 18, 2008
The crops are in!
I've been able to plant most of the coral bells that had been sitting next to the house. The weather was touch and go Friday, however, so the boy and I spent it inside sowing seeds.
We're behind, yes, but the kitchen garden is still a wreck. This way by the time it's usable the seedlings should be ready to go. The forecast shows our area isn't supposed to get above 50 degrees or see sun until Tuesday so starting seeds inside probably isn't such a bad idea.
I'm sowing the seeds in egg cartons and baby food jars, a handy (green) alternative to buying pots. I have read that the egg cartons don't provide enough soil and dry out quickly so I'll keep watch over the peas I tucked in there.
There's also the question of how much to plant. How many carrots is enough for a family of 2.5? What about broccoli or peas? Advice on this is welcome.
I also filled a planter with starts I bought at a local nursery. These had also been tucked next to the house so I met with some nasty little bugs when I was transplanting them. Did I mention I hate bugs?
In all, here's our crops for this season:
Broccoli, green sprouting calabrese (3); Carrots, Nantes half long (9); Eggplant, berenjena hybrid (2); Peas, sugar snap (6); Peas, snowbird (6); Squash, winter acorn (5)
Bouquet Dill (1); Lettuce Romaine "Forellenschluss" (4); Lettuce Heirloom "Australian Yellow" (2); Parsley, curled (1); Spinach semi-savory (4)