Greenhouse and Gardening March Week II
Mar. 11, 2009 9:33 am
Updated: Mar. 21, 2009 7:00 pm
MARCH 7-14, 2009
Well. I dug up the garden #2 area last week. It will have about 50-80 carrots, 2 red onions and 2 vidalia onions (if I can find them), garlic (unknown # but wanting at least 10). I might add the tomatillo plants on opposite sides but if I do, I'll have to manually pollinate them.
I replanted some flop seeds already. So far, I replanted 4 green beans and 1 pea.
I planted 2 tomatillo seeds in pots. I know most herbs are direct sow but I planted a majority of them in starter cells. I don't see a major problem with doing this but I'll have to be extra gentle when I plant them outside.
Also, I repotted the 2 healthiest looking tomatoes of 4 different varieties (Yellow, Atkinsons, Better Boy, and Roma). I'm waiting for the cherry and grape tomatoes to get bigger so I can hang them upside down. Also, I'm still waiting for the Beefsteak tomatoes to sprout. Sure is taking them so long. Lastly, I repotted the 2 giant pumpkins and 1 small pumpkin in bigger pots. I realized 1 small pumpkin was a flop so I planted 2 medium pumpkin seeds (jack o' lantern/cooking type).
I forgot, the veggies that are not growing are the jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and cucumbers. Not warm enough? I don't know but if something doesn't pop up by next week, I'm going to have to replant those too. I really hope they grow. The yellow and green squashes are doing good. The spinach, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, corn, watermelon, cantalope, and eggplant are looking pretty good too.
Last but not least, the flowers are loooking pretty good right now. I had to take the dome/cover off 2 starter cells (each have 72 cells) because some reached the top already. As for flowers, I'm good on cosmos (tall and shorter type), marigolds, Empress of India nasturtiums, moonflower/morning glories. My MIL gave me "morning glory" seed from the plants I gave her last year. Surprisingly, she said they were white tinged with purple and bloomed at night. Maybe I gave her hybrid moonflowers? I don't know but I'm growing them just to see what she was talking about.
The only plants not growing are the petunias, and the Fordhook Favorites Mix Nasturtiums. I don't know what to do with the petunias. I'm thinking they need more sun. I had a feeling the nasturtiums wouldn't grow. I saved a handful of them in the fall. Those seeds molded excluding a few. I went outside and tried to grow the ones lying on the ground. Those failed. I'll probably replant with the ones that didn't mold. If I don't have enough after that, I'll have to go buy more. Bummer.
Well, that's all for the gardening. I have to till the area along the neighbor's fence. Its about 50 feet long but only nasturtiums are going to be there and they like poor soil. Also, I have to till around Josceline's playhouse. Husband said he will turn/till the actual garden (25 feet X 20 feet) but I have a feeling I'll do most of it because he is a lazy SOB. I'm going to semi-till the left side of the house. Only nasturtiums are going to be planted there because I still don't know what to plant on that shady side. I want to weed around the stairwell soon. Last of all, I have to semi-till the front of the house. Nothing is growing there but I was hoping to put Caladiums, Elephant Ears, and Bleeding Hearts.
***UPDATE*** I went to Wally World today to see what I could put on the lattice and in between the different herbs. I got Moonflower to go on the lattice and Convolvulus Blue Enchantment to go in between the herbs. I hope it looks nice. Also, I bought more Nasturtiums to start since the ones I picked off the ground were duds. Hopefully, they will grow well enough to hide the ugly chain link fence. I soaked the Convolvulus Wednesday night and planted Thursday. I hope these aren't leggy/creeping. They are suppose to grow like a mound but I'm figuring I'll have to prune them because they'll be leggy. Oh well. They do have a nice color with a yellow center, then white, then blue. That will give the herb garden some color. If not, I have plenty of marigolds to stick in their place.
***UPDATE*** I replanted the cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and some eggplants. We are suppose to spike up to high 50s next week so I figured plant now, let them soak up some water, and hope for the best. I'm still waiting on Park Seed and Burpee shipments of artichoke, rhubarb, horseradish, long eggplants, petunias, and whatever free stuff I get for ordering. Also, I checked on the petunias today. I got really really close to them and I see miniature sprouts. I'm amazed! I can't believe they are that small. Upon 2nd inspection, I saw 7 out of 18. I hope they do well. I don't want to buy already grown petunias. Also, I decided to start the artichoke seeds and set them out when it gets warmer. Around fall, I'm going to dig up the whole plant and overwinter it in the greenhouse. I'm more than certain they won't reach their potential within my growing season.