It's been a while since I took any pictures of my tomato seedlings, but they are coming right along. They have been thriving on the kitchen windowsill for the last few weeks, although they recently outgrew that particular piece of real estate.

Now I have them in this big metal bin so they can be easily carried outside for the daytime, and brought back inside during the night. Next weekend is supposed to be a warm one so that is my projected date to get these guys in the ground.


April Progress

Despite infrequent posting here on the blog, things have been humming along in the garden with the growing season well underway.

One cool project I am trying this year for the first time is a super-DIY, super-cheap seed starting technique. Since I am noticably lacking a nice, warm greenhouse for giving my seeds a head start while the weather is still cool, I decided to substitute in lots of mini-greenhouses and hopefully accomplish the same goal. These "greenhouses" are just old plastic milk jugs and 2 liter soda bottles (cut in half) with a little bit of potting soil in the bottom.

The plastic walls of the bottles work their greenhouse magic, retaining heat and moisture, allowing the seeds to grow even as night time temperatures dip down into the 30s and 40s. The picture below is of two Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon seedlings. So far so good!

I finally built the trellis/ fence that I have been wishing for for such a long time. The added privacy is great, and the extra growing space is a nice bonus too.

My first planting of mixed lettuces is coming in nicely. I did a second planting about 2 weeks later and those are just starting to pop up as well.

Peas also are looking good, getting taller and tucked safely behind their rabbit-proof mini fence.

One of bigger recent plantings is one that I have been looking forward to for quite a while: asparagus. For those who've never seen it (I hadn't) this is what asparagus crowns look like when they arrive in a box from the seed catalog. When you take them out they look like small octopus, with lots of thin roots dangling down from a central head.

Here is the asaparagus bed, first in it's pristine "before" state, and then also prepped with the asparagus crowns ready to be covered with soil.


Seedling Jungle

The tomato seedlings are getting a bit leggy so I'll be moving them on into their plastic pots sometime this week. Lettuce and peas are nosing their way through the soil out in the garden. It feels like mid- June outside, but I think that the reality of April weather can't be far off...