It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my seedlings, or the outside plants braving the elements, but rest assured they’re getting daily attention.
So, first, “the grow-up”. The yellow room is still off-limites to both the kitties and Dan, and the seedlings are doing pretty well. The other day, I had to re-pot some of them due to some underestimation of the … rate on my part. For a few varieties, since the seeds weren’t bought this year, I wasn’t sure how many would come up, so I put two seeds into some pots to make sure something would come up. Well, *cough*I was wrong*cough*. Most of the seeds I planted came up, which meant I was left with many smallish pots with quickly-developing double seedlings. Luckily, I think I caught it in time, and didn’t have to detangle too many roots. I think the seedlings survived, since it’s been a few days. So… who wants tomato plants?
Tomatoes and broccoli – getting more leaves! There’s one broccoli plant that’s turning out to be a real leafy monster.
Chives – don’t they look funny?
At one seed sale I went to a few months ago, one guy was selling bags of dried peas. His suggestion was to use them to grow “pea sprouts”, and use them in salads, sandwiches, etc. when they’re 4-6″ tall. I loooooooooooove peas, so this one was a pretty easy suggestion to try out, despite the fact that I feel just a little bit cutting these seedlings down in their prime. Curly AND delicious.
Outside, things are moving along nicely, as well. The individual garlic cloves I planted last fall are looking pretty good. It also looks like I missed a whole bunch of small garlic heads last year, which have now also sprouted. I think I’m going to let them go to see what happens. The peas (that I’ll let grow into pea bushes instead of cutting them down in their prime for a snack) are starting to come up, as well. They’re possibly my most favourite early vegetable. Tomatoes still win the second half of the summer, though!
The lettuce growing outdoors is also adjusting nicely despite (or because of?) the recent frosts.
The lily of the valley lives, wahoo! I know it’s invasive and hard to get rid of once established, but I can’t wait for it to get established faster. I want more lily of the valley, dammit! Spread, my pretties, spread!
The tulip and daffodil bulbs I planted last year, while pretty, look to disorganized. For next year, I’m actually going to make a plan and plant them in clumps in areas I want them, instead of spreading them around haphazardly. It will be better, I promise. And I’ll actually have time to deal with it in the fall this year! In particular, I need more daffodils. I realize now that I love them way more than tulips, and I’m still not sure where many of them went – I swear I had more than a dozen bulbs! And I can’t even blame the squirrels for this one – in fact, you’re supposed to plant daffodil bulbs next to bulbs you don’t want dug up since squirrels despise daffodil bulbs.
This is supposed to be the on-year for the plums – plum trees apparently work on a two-year cycle, with one year producing a good yield of delicious fruit, and the next producing lots of flowers, but not a lot of plums (and at least last year, the plums that did start, withered and fell off pretty quickly). I’m very excited for some more plum jam, too, because the 2008 vintage was excellent.
Finally, another star of the show – my white lilac bush. So tiny, it already bloomed last year, its first year. It looks a bit bigger this year, so I’m excited to see what it will come up with!!
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