Monday, May 05, 2014

Future food

Or, how does my garden grow? This is the beginning of this year's vegetable garden. I planted tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds back in March. They take a long time to get going, especially the eggplant and peppers. I put three seeds of each variety into each of several pots and kept them warm and watered in the house. Most of the seeds sprouted, even though many of them were older seeds and past their prime. I was happy about that.

Inside the mini-greenhouse. Jalapeño peppers in the upper left, then lots of tomatoes, with eggplant and bell peppers in the lower right.

They've been out on the deck under the mini-greenhouse since the beginning of April. I spent this past week dividing the sprouts and putting them into individual pots. I'm going to give them three more weeks in the mini-greenhouse to grow good roots and harden them off before transplanting them once again into the garden.

As ususal, I have too many tomatoes. There are seven different varieties, one variety in each of the trays you see in the photo. I count a total of 36 tomato plants. I'll see how many of each finally fit into the garden. I will also be planting summer and winter squash, corn, cucumber, and bean seeds in late May. Space is limited! I'll keep you posted.


  1. you have such a green thumb! :)

    spouse cut the lawn on saturday for the first time this season; we finally dried out from the week's 5+ inch rainfall.

    but it's still cool enough at night to have the heat on, with a turn off during daytime hours.

  2. Oh boy! Can't wait to watch the progress!

  3. I can smell those fresh green sprouts right through my monitor! Heavenly...

  4. This looks like so much fun to do. We've talked about having a veg/herb garden on the terrace. Then... what to do about the cats? I'll just enjoy it in your pictures!

  5. anne marie, we're still using the heat for an hour or two in the morning to take the chill off. I never have the heat on overnight, even in winter!

    judy, me too!

    mary, you should patent that...

    mitch, you could train the cats to... oh. Nevermind.

  6. oho! thee is nothing so joyous as seedlings!


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