On March 27th I planted from seed peas & spinach. From root stock I planted four raspberry of two varieties. In the past I have gotten starter plants from my local high-end garden store, always successful. This time I bought from Lowes, I don't have a warm & fuzzy about it. I also planted more Asparagus root stock, wish me luck.
The Second Planting is scheduled for April first thru to mid April. About the same time I have to set up the greenhouse to harden up the starting trays for the May planting.
Second plants are:
We will think about the May plantings later.
This is where the Fran's Victory Garden 2017 Plan Planting Dates on the GrowVeg GardenPlanner comes in super helpful. I was getting ready for the Spring planting March 15th. The ground hog saw his shadow and we are getting his six more weeks of winter. I can't see the ground for a half a foot of snow. The forecast has a frost down in the teens at dawn on March 23rd, five days from now. The forecast is mild until then. I'll start planting later that day. Now I will sprinkle some BBQ ash on the snow to encouraging melting where planting is planned.
The planting will include more roots for asparagus and raspberry plants. Here is the list:
- Arugula from the starter trays, I will do this last in case planting takes me several days.
- Asparagus from roots I have to purchase. I will be adding to an existing patch.
- Brussels Sprouts from the starter trays.
- Cabbage (Summer) from the starter trays.
- Cauliflower from the starter trays.
- Lettuce (Leaf) from seed.
- Peas from seed.
- Raspberry from starter plants I have to purchase.
- Spinach from seed.
Started germinating the first batch of seeds on February 22nd just before going to St Croix for six days, turned the house heat low, it was 62 when we returned, so a low temperature environment.
The following is transcribed from my ad hoc clipboard notepad I kept when I set the seeds in damp filter paper to start germinating February 22nd. The 'Started' date is when the sprouted seed is placed in the starting tray (above).
|1||Cauliflower||Germinating 2/22, Started: 3/1||7|
|2||Eggplant||Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/6,3/8, 3/10||12|
|3||Arugula||Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/6||7|
|4||Lettuce||Old seeds, no germinating, will start in garden from seed||0|
|5||Cabbage||Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/1||9|
|6||Brussel Sprouts||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6||16|
|7||Marigold||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6||8|
|8||Bell Peppers||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10||13|
|9||Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10||12|
|10||Peperone Corono Roso||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10, 3/15, ... Germ 3/10 (a)||10|
|11||Sweet Bannana||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6,3/8||6|
|12||Tomato, Money Maker||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10, 3/11, 3/14 ... Germ 3/10 (a) - Matures 75||5|
|13||Tomato, Glacier||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/14 ... Germ 3/14 (a) - Matures 55||7|
|14||Tomato, Cherry||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/8 ... - Matures 65||6|
|15||Tomato, Plum||Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 ... - Matures 80||6|
Last year didn't get much blogging done. My excuse is I spent the Summer right up to the first frost relaying the patio's pavers. I am now attaching the patio to the paths. I'll add a pic when the snow is gone.
This year I am making some changes to the garden layout. The big plot with the diagonal paths is being enlarged by adding another foot in width by moving the path closer to the deck. Last year's smallest plot is being attached to the big plot by removing the path between them. These changes add about fourty more square feet to the garden. This additional space will be used to add another diagonal trellis in the large plot. I will try to grow eggplant and peppers on this new trellis.
This year the first sign of life was almost two weeks earlier. February 22nd saw the first rhubarb breaking the soil, this has been a mild winter, the next week+ looks tough tho.