Monday, April 11, 2011
Our growing area is set up and starting to fill up with wonderful plants and seed trays. The table is set up between two sets of windows, L-shaped, that get a SSE exposure. The fan is a whole house fan that we dedicated one of the windows to. We couldn't put in an attic fan since our attic really is useful space with furniture and storage. This fan blows out, pulling in the air from the other windows so the plants will have nice circulation around them.
We have selected heirloom variety tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Hot, Roma and Old German. Peppers are Garden Salsa, Super Chili, Hot and Sweet Green. We have Ozark Beauty strawberries , Tansey, Valerian and cilantro. I also started seeds of watermelon, giant pumpkin, small pumpkin, basil, cherry tomotoes, thyme and cucumbers. They are accompanied by a lilly that my sister-in-law gave me and the St Pat's plant from my daughter.
Tomorrow I'll plant the tobacco, a beautiful plant that grows as tall as I am with orchid like flowers spraying from the top. We will also be planting some seeds that have to be planted directly into the ground such as zucchini, beans and some flowers that will be in the retaining wall area such as zinnas, marigolds and bachelor buttons. These fill in the perinnial areas as they begin to fade.
There is a little patch of garden at our place but we share a larger one with the neighbors on our side yard (??). Actually, it's carved out of the woods and we just ran the water lines to it this last weekend. It will be so nice to have water on demand rather than cart water over on the fourwheeler. It's a good size, about a quarter acre and very primitive with raised beds made from cut or fallen trees. The neighbors are also starting some seeds, some will be planted in their own patch and some in the shared garden.
Our last frost date is supposed to be April 15, but they lie. Never plant before May 1 or you will be scrambling to cover everything at least one more time. The forecast is calling for a potential frost warning this weekend- April 16-18!
Hopefully we will have a bountiful harvest for lots of canning and drying!