Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Getting closer ...

The seedlings are here ... the seedlings are here!

A few short days after I planted my seeds, I started to see seedlings pop up.  First up, the lettuces - cos, romaine, and mesclun (natch!), then the kale, then some of the tomatoes (still waiting on a couple more).  I was really surprised how quickly the lettuce(s) came up ... 5 days - barely!

I am starting to get worried that I haven't seen any peppers, onions, or eggplant sprout up yet, but I have to keep saying to myself:  patience grasshopper.

I think I also see a wee spec of a basil plant or two coming up - I guess it will become obvious in another 2 or 3 days.  All this as we prepare for another (the last!??) winter storm to hit the northeast.  Hopefully that really will be it!  And I'm thinking I will plant radishes, swiss chard, and spinach the weekend of March 22 and then beans the weekend after.  I gotta get on (re)building my bigger planters for my tomatoes and eggplants, etc as well - the stacks of dirt and manure I bought don't look so good sitting in front of my door!

And for anyone who got the post title ... see video link below.  Also, Broken Bells was great last Friday (see also link below)!

Keep calm and plant on ... (sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Nitzer Ebb - "Getting Closer"

Broken Bells - "Holding on to Life"

mesclun in front, kale in back
my welcome mat!
tomatoes in front, cos and romaine in back

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring is nigh!

OK, well, it's done - gardening has started just in time for another late season storm scheduled to dump 6" - 10" on us.

It took a little longer than I expected and a little more space than I expected but round 1 plantings for 2014 is done.

I moved ahead with two types of tomatoes, 2 lettuce, mesclun, kale, onion, hot pepper, eggplant, and some basil.

I've never started so much so early.  Now it's just about water, sun, and warmth - let's see what happens!