Sunday, February 28, 2010

Transplant Day

The seedlings were untangled and transplanted. They looked quite sad initially, but perked up once they got back into the familiar environment of the garage. I will have to harden them off carefully once they're ready to plant. Only 2 more trays to go!
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Snow Day

I didn't believe the forecast, and even when it started to sleet I was skeptical. Then big fat flakes of snow started dropping and STICKING!!! My 3 year old wasn't sure what to make of it and the dogs were curious. It really was a beautiful day, and I will look at these pictures come July and wonder how it was possible.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tomato Seedlings

The tomato seedlings are growing bigger daily in the garage under my baker rack and shoplight setup. Soon it will be time to pot them up.

The potato leafed tomato in the foreground was supposed to be Black Krim. Now I'll have to grow it to see what kind of tomatoes I get.

I am sure that I will have way too many tomato seedlings come Spring. It sure would be fun to have a seedling swap. Any takers?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tomato Seedlings Pending

This is one of my favorite times of year. Tomato season is often boom or bust for me, but when I am starting seedlings I feel filled with optimism. I cruise the internet for reviews and favorites and plant way too many seedlings. I use permanest trays ala Dr. Carolyn Male and although many people recommend a sterile mix, I started my 'maters in a mixture of coarse sand (couldn't find fine), worm castings, and compost. I have a bakers rack in my garage with super cheap fluorescent light fixtures. The seeds planted so far include: Kellog's Breakfast (of course), Aunt Ruby's German Green (delicious), Cherokee Purple (my favorite, but very temperamental), Early Girl (a bush and regular), German Red Strawberry, Black Krim, Sungold, Sunsugar, Black Cherry, Mule Team, Eva Purple Ball and lots more. I will post updates as they grow.