More Sowing

Today, I sowed five types of tomatoes (three each) and lettuce. The tomato varieties are: Green Zebra, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Paul Robson (I think), Break o’ Day, and Baker Family Heirloom. Two of them are mid-season tomatoes (Green Zebra, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow) and the other three are late. All tomato seeds were from 2019. The lettuce was Salad Bowl (from Sand Hill Preservation Center) for 2021.

Some of my seedlings (eggplant, basil, cilantro) today

Seedlings

The seeds are sprouting. Most of them anyway. Still no parsley, but parsley has a super long germination time (up to 30 days). The hot Thai peppers also did not sprout, so I sowed more today. Sprouting are: mystery pepper, eggplant, Genovese basil, Thai basil, cilantro and kale. In a couple of weeks, I will start tomatoes and head lettuce.

Basil (Genovese on the left and Thai on the right)

Porch Happenings

Tulips March 10, 2021

It has been a nice warm week with day temperatures in the fifties. Today, I sowed radishes and lettuce (Kagran Summer) together in one of the big containers on the back porch, I also sowed arugula in two grow bags. I am usually too late with porch arugula and it bolts before I can harvest; this is the earliest I have ever sowed it. Fingers crossed.

Freshly sown arugula, radishes and lettuce

Seeds

I took inventory of my seeds today and placed an order with Sand Hill Preservation Center. There is a country-wide COVID-related seed shortage this season. Johnny’s for example is only selling to farmers at this moment and not to home gardeners like me. I should have enough seeds saved from previous years and should be fine with this order, fingers crossed. And I am counting on the Neighborhood Farm to provide me with seedlings this spring should I need them.