It's April, and our seeds are started. Oh, not outside, where as I type the temp is 38 degrees and we're supposedly getting freezing rain and we're still a month away from the last frost date, but downstairs under lights.
My hibiscus in the foreground is reminding me that I need to get it some fertilizer so it can start waking up for the season.
Yes, those are totally red solo cups. This is how we party in this house. They're actually really effective, because they don't dry out as quickly as the regular seed cups. We baby our seedlings, misting them generously twice a day until they sprout and grow sturdy and can handle being watered the normal way.
We switched to Seed Savers Exchange this year and got a tremendous germination rate. I think I've only tossed two dead seeds, and we had four or five sprouts per cup this year where we had one or two last year. I've had to scramble to transplant seedlings into their own cups before they become rootbound with each other. As it is, I'm hoping the weather warms up for good before the seedlings choke themselves in the cups. And when it does warm up, I'm not sure where we're going to put all these plants. I'm terrible at thinning. I feel like a murderer - so we ended up with 13 Amish Paste plants where we only wanted say, five. I may have to give a few away.
We're growing all heirlooms this year - it's harder but incredibly enjoyable. I'm amazed every year at the incredibly variety and beauty that comes out of these tiny little seeds.
Right now we have Amish Paste, Black Krim, Wisconsin 55, Black Cherry, Paul Robeson, Riesentraube, and Isis Candy tomatoes; Parisian Pickling and Marketmore 76 cucumbers; Sugar Ann snap peas; Calima Bush and Empress beans; Green Arrow peas; King of the North and Beaver Dam sweet peppers; and eight sweet Garden Huckleberries.
We have plans for putting in two more raised beds and converting our in-ground bed to a raised bed, which should create a fair amount of room, but we've also got carrots, parsnips, beets, lettuce, chard, melons, and kale to fit in there too.
We may have been overly ambitious, I think. Anyone want a tomato plant?