Thursday, May 19, 2011
Waiting.....A Repeat of 2009?
I have about seven trays of heat-loving summer veggies waiting to be transplanted out into the garden. With the weather working against me, I'm getting anxious about getting everything amended, turned, planted and weeded this week - even if I have to do it in the pouring rain.
I'm really happy about my pepper and chili plants this year. They have grown to a size perfect for transplanting.
My tomatoes are looking good too. Part of me is REALLY annoyed that they are not in the ground yet. (I feel behind my fellow Massachusetts gardeners in this respect!) This year, I'm only growing 20 tomato plants, which is about half the amount I grew last year. For a family of three, this is more than enough I think. We are still consuming pasta sauce and salsa from last year's crop and we'll have enough to get us by until the first tomatoes come in. My goal is to grow enough so that we never have to buy jarred pasta sauce again!
My corn on the other hand is growing comfortably inside. They will have their first taste of the outdoors tomorrow. I'm growing a lot of corn this year and two varieties. This just the first sowing. I have two more to go.
I've also started a tray of long beans. I had really good germination rates from pre-sprouting the seeds in a paper napkin first before sowing them in cells. However, I had awful results last year planting pre-sprouted seeds directly in the garden.
In addition to these, I also have more Asian greens, a 2nd sowing of broccoli and cauliflower, cantaloupe, french melon, watermelon, strawberry, cucumber, zucchini, acorn squash and herb plants waiting to be dealt with. Needless to say, this will be a busy weekend.
Looking at the forecast for the next 10 days, I can't help but to wonder whether or not we're in for a repeat of 2009. Starting plants from seeds yourself definitely helps to mitigate the risk of blight and other plant diseases. So what do you guys think? Will this be a good year for farmers and veggie gardeners on the East coast?