It’s been somewhat quiet over here the past few days because I’ve been feeling a little funky. I’m mostly blaming it on the wedding’s being over. Sometimes when I’ve been looking forward to something for a while, I get a little melancholic when it’s over. Does that happen to anybody else? Well yesterday, after a lovely, sewing session with Deb, I felt renewed, so I’m back.
I’ve actually been getting a lot done lately, which feels good. I haven’t done a garden post in a while, but things are definitely happening on that front. I finally transplanted my tomato seedlings into bigger pots a little over a week ago. They went from looking like they do above, to looking like they do below. You don’t always have to transplant seedlings into bigger pots before transplanting them into the garden, but after last year’s tomato tragedy, I decided to do everything in my power to make my tomato seedlings as strong and healthy as possible.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been repeatedly planting lettuce and arugula every two weeks or so. So I have lettuce and arugula growing in various stages. I also planted swiss chard as well, but it hasn’t sprouted up yet. I have various herbs sprouting in pots, including basil, purple basil, cilantro, and parsley. Since they sprouted, it’s about time to plant more to guarantee a continuous supply.
Unfortunately, all my garden news isn’t good. While I was so happy that the radishes are looking so beautiful and are ready to eat, they forced me to look at the rows of carrots and beets I planted on either side of them, and realize that if they haven’t sprouted yet they’re probably not going to. In the next few days, I’m planning to plant some more radish, carrot, and beet seeds, and hope that they all grow as nicely as the radishes did this time. Does any one know why those guys wouldn’t have grown? I think they’ve proven that sometimes even when I do everything right, I can still have a garden flop. Here’s hoping round two is more successful.
The radishes really are lovely. I picked and ate one on Tuesday. It might look misshapen but it’s actually the type of radish I planted called French Breakfast. It was a lot milder flavored than I expected but I think that has more to do with the weird weather than the type. I’ll know for sure when I try the other variety I planted but I think I should let them grow for a week or so more, before I eat any.
Planting cucumber, bean, and marigold seeds directly into the garden is also on the to-do list for the next week. I’m going to begin to harden off the tomato and eggplant seedlings in about two weeks, as they should all be content in their new pots until then and the temperature is still too low at night to consider planting them outside. (tomatoes flourish when the temperature is steadily above sixty-five degrees.) I have more I plan to plant, including peppers and okra, but those like really warm weather, so I’ll probably wait until more towards the end of May. May is possibly my favorite gardening month, because there is so much that happens. I’m really looking forward to all the sprouting and planting that will occur. How are my fellow gardener’s doing? Anyone else looking forward to May?
Unrelated Comment: I again used PicMonkey to edit my photos. The website has some really neat capabilities and I love the resulting photos.