Thursday, April 2, 2009
I finally harvested a bunch of the remaining winter dinosaur kale, spinach, and arugula then pulled the remaining parts out and piled them on top of one our passive compost piles. I replaced those veggies with tomatoes, mostly.
Of the eight varieties of tomatoes I’m trying (Brandywine, Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Beefsteak, Black Krim, Early Girl, and cherry Sugar Sweetie), six I started from seed.
This will be my first experiment in growing tomatoes from seed. Husband Kurt will be fashioning some sort of stakes/trellises for all of them soon, but for now they’re fine because most are still seedlings. I know, I know--I still need to weed and mulch.
I also planted more oregano, thyme, and basil and added some sage and three cucumbers. My jalapeno and scallion seedlings are still in paper cups in a window sill but should be ready to transplant within a few days.
I decided I don’t really like squash, okra, or eggplant enough to try to grow them myself, so I’ll just buy those from the great folks at Boggy Creek Farm.
west garden: last kale
west garden today
Green Zebra tomato seedling
east garden: last spinach and arugula
east garden today
Swallowtail caterpillar (I think) on the last of the dill