Monday, February 8, 2016

Sowing seeds

Well, we've received all the seeds. And I mean, All the Seeds.

We upped our garden game (which, as ever, is dubious at best) because we now have access to More Land Area. The handkerchief, postage-stamp size garden is expanding, hours away, into farmland territory, where it will be subjected to multiple hours of sunshine, actual wind and deer. And God knows what else.

The seed people must have been shocked. "What the hell are these guys doing?" they muttered. "This is twice the usual order! It was already ridiculous." And so on.

Thus, the stacks of packets. And potatoes yet to come - two kinds. We bought the seed trays yesterday and the peat moss and potting soil and I have yet to unearth the wooden markers, but it's on the list. And so we'll see what comes up.

(To be honest, the best part about getting seeds is reading the names. Who thinks up this stuff?)

Seeds we plan to start indoors include:

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale
Tomatoes - including Amish Paste, Dester (a pink beefsteak tomato), German Pink and Sheboygan (good for canning, it says)
Peppers - King of the North and Sheepnose Pimento
De Cicco Broccoli
Herbs, including Cumin, Green Culinary Sage and English Lavender

We also have the following laying in wait until Spring:

Cilantro (a fool's errand as it always dies, but whatever)
Japaneses Climbing cucumbers
Chioggia beets (red and white striped!!)
Red Cored Chantenay carrots
Beans - Red Swan and Kentucky Wonder Bush
Apollo arugula
Waltham Butternut squash
Purple Top White Globe turnips (which grow fabulously in the postage-stamp - those will stay here)
Rouge Vif d'Etampes squash
Black Beauty zucchini
America spinach
Amish Snap pea
and finally, Pride of Wisconsin melons

So, there you have it - proof that we are certifiably insane.

We're also brainstorming lighting options for these guys as that was an issue last year.

And to be honest, we're aware this entire enterprise could go belly-up, and we'll be buying plants from the farmer's market from people who do this better. But c'est la vie. We are planting, dammit, right in the middle of winter. Hope spring eternal, or at least until March. Will keep you updated.

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