Yesterday, while the rest of the country was busy not celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I was planting my peas. Here they are, snug in their Earthbox until they begin germinating in a week or so:
A few years ago, I read that St. Patrick’s day is a traditional day to start peas in zone 7, which is just the sort of random tradition I take a fancy to. Since then, I have planted peas every St. Patrick’s day and also every August for a fall crop. The variety I have been planting is called Super Sugar Snap and it has been absolutely fool-proof for me. I don’t even cook them, I just eat them raw by the handful, often plucked right off the vine with a feeling of triumph at having produced my own food. Even though I probably burn more calories planting and tending them than they offer back as fuel, still, it’s cool to eat your own veggies.
Here is a higher calorie vegetable I am experimenting with — potatoes:
I bought a couple of these grow bags two years ago but haven’t tried them yet. The seed potatoes go in the bottom, then as they grow you are supposed to keep adding soil. There is a little velcro flap at the base of the bag, sort of like you would find on a union suit, where you can dig around for the potatoes when they are ripe. It’s all very experimental. Because I like to live on the edge, I chose a blue potato, called Adirondack Blue:
I guess I will be updating you about these potatoes in about 80 days.
Here are my indoor seeds. Raise your hand if you can spot the problem:
Very good, you can put your hands down. None of my research indicated what to do when the seedlings grow at vastly different rates. I have to keep raising the grow light to accommodate the taller tomato seedlings (back left), which puts the light further away from the Joseph’s Coat (front left) and cinnamon basil (first row, right). Plus the tomato seedlings (a variety called ‘Bumble Bee’) are shading the smaller seedlings out. Meanwhile, only one of my Gomphrena seeds germinated (the three rows on the right are all supposed to be Gomphrena!) I am afraid if that lone seedling looks around and realizes it is alone in the universe it may lose the will to live! Please just one more germinate so he can have a friend.
All of the seeds germinated at about the same time, believe it or not. I suppose I need to research the number of days it takes between germination and transplant time for each plant. Too complex! In second grade I aced the unit where we sprouted lima beans and drew pictures of how they progressed. I should be nailing this!
That is all for now. I had some tree pruning done today, too. Big trees, so very expensive! I took pictures of it, but in all honesty, they are not very interesting. Imagine a man in a hard hat up in a tree with a chain saw….now imagine a pile of tree branches sitting in front of a wood chipper….there, now you have seen the pics of today’s tree trimming adventure!