And now I am at the bid and call of
little green life.
'water me, I am thirsty'
'my roots are tight'
'My feet are wet'
'I wanna go outside'
'It's cold. I wanna come back in'
I love seed starting, but I miss
Seed List 2009:
-Early Long Black
-Fife Creek Cowhorn
-Half Long Guernsey
-Quadrato D'Asti Russo
-Quadrato D'asti Giallo
-Patisson Panache Blanc et Vert Scallop
-Crookneck Early Golden
-Candy Roaster - Old school family handmedowns
-Birdhouse - Old school family handmedowns
-several different mixes of lettuces
-Lucullus Swiss Chard
-Rainbow Lights Chard
-and I can't remember
-Pencil Pod Wax (bush)
-Dragon's Tongue (bush)
-Purple Queen (bush)
-Greasy Grit (pole)
-White Willow Leaf (lima)
-Turkey Craw (shelly)
I know that there are many more,
but I haven't gone through the
seed stores yet. sigh
I will update as time goes on.
I did start today though. It was a
gorgeous day.. warm and sunny
and I spent the day standing over the
chest freezer making plantings.
I started brocoli and chard and some lettuces.
The laundry room is lined with shelves.
Sweet Husband placed lights above each shelf
and it is a wonderful place to do seedlings.
The mounted lights heat the shelf above.
And I use the clamshells from the
salad bar at the grocer's. They make
little greenhouses during the beginning
and then when I open them, I can stack
the base of one into the lid of another.
I can also see whether the soil is dry
or whether the roots are getting
tight because the shells are clear
and I can see all that goes on in the soil.
And when the little darlings outgrow
the clamshells I prick them out
either straight into the garden
or into cups to grow more.
To prevent damp-off
I water only with chamomile tea.
It works wonders!! I never, ever have
mold or mildew or health problems
with my starts.
And when they get their second
set of little leaves I add
a hint of compost tea into my spray bottle.
And so it begins!
May we all have a bountiful harvest
and a full larder come the chill of winter next!
Oh!! I forgot something!
Celeriac. You know, that ugly root from
a few posts ago. I need to start those today!
I plant Monarch Celeriac!