Sunday, March 13, 2011

Some more seeding

I spent the morning chatting with my sister Greta and planting the remainder of my early plants.  I did an entire flat of tomatoes (sub arctic maxi, yellow pear and cherry), and some green onions yesterday.  Today I did the bulk of my other planting.

I start by looking as my planting plan and estimating the number of plants I will need. In each cell, I put one or two seeds depending on the type of plant (see full method).  I plant a few more seeds in each category than I want to have plants.  That means if some don't come up, I still have enough plants to complete my garden plan.

Today I planted squashes and pumpkins first.  I planted 6 pumpkins (two large jack o' lantern size, 4 small sugar) which will eventually become 4 plants. I planted a number of types of squash, which I hope to eat for more of the winter next year:
  • 3 yellow zucchini (bush)
  • 3 green zucchini (bush)
  • 3 butternut squash
  • 3 buttercup squash
  • 6 spaghetti squash
I have a number of odds and ends veggies I start.  I planted 12 pickling cucumbers and 12 slicers. I also planted some Cayenne peppers. They are the fastest of my peppers, so they are fine if started at this time. I even planted some things I hope to eat early - in this case spinach and chard. Both can get started to hear and move into the greenhouse in mid-April, as they will tolerate some frost.

Lastly, I planted some flowers.  I started poppy (my only perennial), nasturtium (great for eating the flowers of) and morning glory.

Later today I will need to thin the peppers I started in February and transplant my basil seedlings. I am also planting a new batch of pea shoots as my old batch is done. We cut them 4 times for large batches in meals. I love it when I get to eat and plan.

1 comment:

  1. I was shocked that there is moss growing on the windows in the greenhouse. Too bad we can't grow and harvest that.