[Homestead] Garden fun
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 4 19:11:01 EST 2009
Oh Bev, I'm jealous. It's about this time of year that I start hating
winter. Enough already! I was out looking at the beds where my peas will
go...at least I can see the ground! The snow is finally gone (except for the
huge piles...they'll be around for a couple more weeks), but the soil is
still frozen solid. It's supposed to warm up starting tomorrow (20's at
night, 40's during the day), so maybe I can get my peas in by mid or late
I've got flats of Ailsa Craig and Walla Walla onions and Leeks started. I'll
set them out in late April or early May, depending on the weather. I also
just started a few cell paks of early tomatoes in my never-ending quest for
early tomatoes...a few will go in the greenhouse, and I've got a new scheme
of fencing and plastic and Remay for early outdoor tomatoes. I'm itching to
plant more, but it's too early.
Tioga Co. PA
----- Original Message -----
From: "EarthNSky" <erthnsky at bellsouth.net>
To: "Homestead List" <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 5:40 PM
Subject: [Homestead] Garden fun
> Today I transplanted the mustard plants into a raised bed. I also
> transplanted my Chinese Cabbage and Pak Choi as well as the Packman
> Broccoli into the garden beds. I will finish transplanting the Decicco
> broccoli and the cauliflower tomorrow. Also on the agenda for tomorrow
> is to sow my squash, gourds, cukes, spinach, and lettuces. I have a few
> tomatoes ready for their first transplant(the cherry toms are ready) as
> well. I pretty excited to finally see some tomato seedlings. I've got
> Caspian Pink, Abraham Lincoln, Cherokee Purple, Roma, and Sausage
> seedlings. For the pepper side, the only seedlings are the Anaheims,
> but it looks like the Alma paprikas are about to break out. I've got a
> nice flat of Red burgundy onions that probably should be transplanted.
> I've never grown onion from seed before so I am not sure when they can
> go to the ground. Right now, the 'leaves' are about 3 inches long.
> I'm hoping, with this warmer weather arriving, that my English peas,
> Snow peas, and radishes will germinate(actually a few peas have broken
> ground already) and the seedling lettuces will really start growing.
> The yellow onion sets and the garlic I planted last fall are starting to
> stand up, grow, and look like green onions now.
> Some things appear to be slower than usual. My potato vines have not
> escaped the first tire yet, and the strawberries are still so small they
> are lost in the mulch. Some of the cauliflower I originally set out did
> not make it through this last cold snap. Cauliflower is a bit less
> hardy than broccoli, I think. I'm not too concerned if I don't get good
> results from my brassicas as I will always have the Fall garden to make
> up for lost plants. I have a second shot at it.
> Today I also cleaned out the nasty, wet ashes from our trash burner. I
> have a separate compost pile just for such stuff. We burn our box
> trash and junk mail, but no plastic. It composts fine.
> I had a bit of a scare this afternoon, too. I had just come in when I
> got a phone call from my folks who were in town. They said they could
> see smoke out near my house(it is about 15 air miles away). I looked
> out, but couldn't see anything. The sky was brilliant blue. A few
> minutes later, I could see what looked like a thick white cloud coming
> over the mountain to the west of me. I immediately called the Forest
> Service to make sure they were aware and luckily it was a controlled
> 'wildlife' burn on the National Forest just on the other side of the
> ridge from me. Whew! A sigh of relief came over me. When you live in
> the woods, wildfires are always a concern.
> I am having an out-of-money experience.
> EarthNSky Farm, Northwest Georgia, USA
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