Monday, May 25, 2015
I made the newspaper cylinders but didn't use them. Why? I guess the correct answer is that I forgot I had made them. Today I transplanted all my little "from seed" tomatoes to pots. Solo rather than the group pots they had started out in. Some liked it and others--not so much.
I also "pricked" the tiny zinnia seedlings out of their group pots and now they are in single pots. They didn't like it either (getting all droopy) but a refreshing gulp of fish emulsion seems to have perked everyone up. I transplanted the calendula seedlings directly into the garden.
My garden beds look like little green dot drawings. Everything is sprouting but still very very tiny. I have planted what I actually eat, not what I think I should plant. I eat carrots, radishes, mixed salad greens (I have two kinds of kale, mustard, arugula, escarole, spinach and mixed salad) the other bed is full of radishes, kohlrabi (I hope), carrots and beets. Yes!!! Finally I have beets seeds that grew.
Another bed is full of garlic (planted last October), red onions and yellow onions, shallots (two varieties) and sprinkled with scallion (green onion) seeds. I also have three very large chive clumps.
My peppers and tomatoes aren't ready to go into the garden yet. And I have cucumber seeds planted in the hot box along with squash and zucchini. The seedlings at work are calling to me, but I am resolute and will be growing from seed this year. I want lots and lots of cucumbers for my cucumber water drink, my cucumbers in sour cream and for dill pickles.
I have worked very long and hard tilling amendments into the raised beds to add nutrition. Last year's garden was a struggle. I added coffee bean chaff to the beds to "lighten" up the soil plus fertilizer and quick acting lime. Some of the beds got cow manure as well--the beds for squashes, tomatoes and peppers. Heavy feeders.
My pea plants are up and trying to grab onto the supporting wires I have arranged for them. I planted them at the correct Maine time--Fourth of July is steamed red potatoes, fresh picked peas and salmon. I don't know why but I would guess it's because this would be the first "fresh" meal after a terribly long winter of eating stored or jarred foods.
I am trying to empty the freezer. I want to have room for blackberries, ice cream and stacks of chicken breasts pounded flat and ready to be marinaded and slapped on the grill. I bought 6 ears of corn today at the grocery--- why do we have corn already? I skipped the watermelon. But did buy a branch of red tomatoes which I hope will soften up on the counter in the next few days.
I made a compote of rhubarb, frozen strawberries and orange juice to eat with yogurt. I also have enough cucumbers to make gallons of my "drink"--because my ankles and hands are swelling--too much salt. I didn't have any drink last week and missed it terribly. Which reminds me--to add more cucumber slices to the half gallon of water I have in the fridge.
Back to work tomorrow and the house painters will be here later tomorrow morning to get started. Unless it's raining. Which would be rather a good thing for my little seedlings.