Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seedling update

The tomatoes are looking good! Some of the delinquent peppers and eggplant are starting to sprout (finally).

I planted endive and cilantro last week. I think all of the endive sprouted, and several of the cilantro have started, but I'm keeping the plastic on the cilantro until there are more sprouts.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Music Monday - "This Too Shall Pass" by OK Go

Ok, sorry I forgot to post a video this Monday. This is hilarious...maybe more-so because I was in marching band...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Garden Report 03.24.2011

Tonight I planted some more things under the grow lights: cilantro, endive, red had mexican wildflower, yellow coneflower.
The wildflowers are going behind the greenhouse. I also bought three fern roots when I bought the greenhouse accessories the other night. The ferns are supposed to do well in shade, and since the backside of the greenhouse faces north...

Also replanted banana and poblano pepper seeds, and thai long purple and rosa bianca eggplant. Only have one rosa bianca seedling and it is growing slow as molasses. Only have one banana pepper and two poblanos. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Greenhouse work

Yesterday I installed the brackets for my shelves on the south wall of the greenhouse, as well as some organizational items. The shelves will be white painted 1x12.
For the long handled tools, I installed a 17" spring bar with clips , for short handled tools I installed a bar with hooks.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Garden Report 03.21.2011

Today I planted some of the onions from the Intermediate Day Sampler from Dixondale Farms. I planted six assorted rows (because the intermediate day sampler is all mixed up), with three "ditches" of fertilizer. The rows are like so: onion, fertilizer, onion, onion, fertilizer, onion, onion, fertilizer, onion.
I also planted some leeks today. They will be sharing a bed with the artichokes (all of which seem to have overwintered. I pulled the straw off that bed yesterday.), squash, and cucumbers. On the west end of the bed, I planted two rows of leeks with one row of fertilizer down the middle. On the east end of the bed, I planted three rows of leeks without any fertilizer. This is an experiment to see if the fertilizer is necessary.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Garden Report 03.20.2011

I planted spring veggies today:
Tonda di Parigi Carrots
Tall Telephone Garden Peas
Golden Beets
Chinese Red Meat Radish
Hollow Crown Parsnip
Rocky Top Lettuce Mix
Chantenay Red Core Carrot
Chioggia Beet
Giant Noble Spinach
White Vienna Kohlrabi
European Mesclun Salad Mix

What I need to do this week: Plant onions.

The tomato seeds I planted are all looking good. I need to replant some of the peppers and all the eggplant because the germination rate is not so good.
I am also going to start the following inside:
Batavian Full Heart Endive
Slo Bolt Cilantro
Red Mexican Hat Wildflower
Yellow Prairie Coneflower

I also should probably take some soil samples over to the MO Extension office soon to see what the soil deficiencies are.

The greenhouse needs vent openers on the other three windows. For this summer, I don't think I'll put the insulation or (heat sink) rain barrels in. The next thing to work on is getting brackets and shelves in on the south side of the greenhouse, some hooks for tools, and a planting bench. I've also been on the lookout for some kind of large urn/pot to put the bamboo stakes in during the winter.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Garden progress

Almost all the tomato seeds sprouted, enough that I won't need to replant. No eggplant seeelings yet. Good germination of the Rosso and Marconi peppers. Some Banana and Poblano. The Red Cheese pepper seeds molded so I replanted yesterday. They are older seed though and might not germinate.
I now have both lights going 12 hours a day (7am to 7pm) and the heating mat on 24/7.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Music Monday: ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man"

I've been to two ZZ Top concerts and I'd go to more... I love them! Especially the synchronized dancing starting about 1:30 into the video.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tomato seedlings!

Seed heating mat has won me over. It took weeks last year to get seedlings this size!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Music Monday: Creedence Clearwater Revival "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

When I'm having a bad day, this song cheers me up. It always has. It's also a great song for a roadtrip CD. Since I'll be traveling all day tomorrow, to SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO!!!!, I decided to post this today.

Music Monday: Brandi Carlile "Dreams"

Here's more of the music I've been listening to. She has an Indigo Girls sound.
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