Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Preparations - Part II

Without going into too much detail, here is another update on what else I have growing at the moment:

early spring greens
(From left: Tuscan kale, Mizuna and Shanghai bok choy) The early spring greens I transplanted a couple of weekends ago are doing very well. The soil under my hoops is a bit soggy while the rest of my garden is still covered with standing water. I am somewhat concerned that the soggy conditions might cause all of the seeds that I've recently sown to rot. I hate the prospect of having to re-sow everything.

mini napa cabbage
Despite the weather last weekend, I did get a chance to transplant more Kale and mini Napa cabbages.

potting up tomatoes
Inside, I potted up my tomatoes this week. I buried the stems a bit to encourage more root growth. Here, I have Sungold F1, Cherokee Purple, Siberian, Black Krim and Green Zebra. I will be growing 15 other varieties this year as well. (Yikes!)

Ground Cherry
I thinned my ground cherries down to 1 or 2 per block/peat pod. I really should thin them all down to 1.

The sage, thyme, oregano and German chamomile were potted up as well. I've given up on the rosemary.

The chilies and peppers (Ancho/Poblano, Hawaiian, Thai, Early Jalapeno and Italian Pepperoncini) are growing slowly but surely.

The Rosa Bianca eggplant took FOREVER to germinate.

asian greens and lettuce
More Asian Greens (extra dwarf bok choy and tatsoi) and Manoa lettuce.

I thinned my celery once before but it looks like I didn't do a very good job. I just can't bring myself to thin them down to 1 per block. Next year, I will sow 1 seed per mini block instead and pot up to a 2 inch block. That way, I won't feel like I wasting anything.

rhubard chard
This isn't a great picture but I just love the striking color of this Rhubarb chard.

Finally, although not pictured, I also have some cauliflower and Piracicaba broccoli growing inside at the moment. I hope everyone's spring preparations are going well!


  1. I felt sorry for you after the rats episode, but it's really great to see all green babies again. Good luck with them all.

  2. I do have a question. This seems like an awful lot of plants. Is this all for your consumption, or do you plan on selling some? I'm trying to gauge quantities to grow in my own garden. Keeping in mind, my two year old has decided to be a vegetarian.

  3. Thomas, you have so many different vegetables/herbs. I don’t think that I will be growing this many different things in all year.
    Last year I have tried to grow many different things, but for me there is a limit to what I can handle.

    You should probably keep your hoops open so they will dry faster.

  4. Those seedlings look beautiful--professional even!

  5. Everything looks great! I transplanted my mesclun outside by "accident" by leaving their tray sitting out in the raised bed last night, haven't checked on them yet, but I don't think they are as cold hardy as my Mizuna Greens! I'm afraid to go look this morning. It looks like we are going to have to come up with some grand-scale ground cherry recipes this year, I have quite a few too!

  6. Lots "growing on" in thomas's garden! I love the color of the rhubarb chard. I grow "bright lights" largely for the color as well as I like it's milder flavor. Swiss chard is such a pretty plant to have in the garden. Cannot beat plants that look good AND taste good too!

  7. Everything looks great Thomas! Hopefully things will dry out for you soon.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Beautiful, everything looks good and healthy. My wild strawberry seedlings died, I forgot and left them outside overnight, I'll have to start all over again.

  9. Man, sure have alot of different things growing. Oh, and I fully understand about the tomatoes - you wanna try them all!

  10. great looking seedlings!
    don't give up on the rosemary just yet, its one that takes its sweet dallying time then surprises you.

    heirloom tomatoes are addicting

  11. Everything looks great Cherokee Purples you sent are starting to take off...I can't wait until they get big....I am glad to hear that your Rosa Bianca also took a long time to germinate...I was ready to give up on mine...I have never grown this type before so I didn't know what to expect.

  12. You are such an overachiever, Thomas! :-) Your seedlings are gorgeous. Can you help me convince my husband that the eight varieties of tomato I want to grow aren't overkill, since you're doing fifteen?
    Planted some of your extra-dwarf bok choi as a container planting today; I direct-seeded it into its permanent home because I'm already tight on space and haven't started tomatoes or basil.

  13. Your seedlings look so beautiful and healthy! I love the vibrant! And all of your little herbs look so great! You've inspired me to sprinkle some herb seeds here and there in the garden.

    I can't believe your last frost is in May! Wow...I feel spoiled...I've got some tomatoes and peppers in the ground already and I'm going to be planting some seeds directly in the ground tomorrow after church. I always complain about how HOT it gets here...but I guess I should be thankful for a long gardening season. I'm working on my half-full attitude!

  14. Wow... you are ready for Spring! Our last frost date is June 1st, which is still pretty far away. I'm not doing inside pots and will concentrate on patio style gardening this year with emphasis on flowers in the yard. Your little sprouts look happy!