It’s been a busy couple weeks sowing, transplanting and hardening off seedlings. I’d nearly forgotten how much I enjoy this process! Maybe I enjoy it a little too much. It doesn’t seem likely that I’ll have space for 72 tomato plants unless I devote my entire garden to tomatoes. But if I do that, where will my two dozen cauliflowers go? And the dozens of peppers, artichokes and cabbages that are getting taller by the day?
Whose crazy idea was it to sow so many seeds??
Okay, yes, that’s a rhetorical question. Obviously it was me. And although I know exactly how this happens I seem powerless to stop it. As recommended, I sow multiple seeds per space in case some don’t germinate. Once they reach a certain height I am supposed to thin the smaller ones leaving only the largest, healthiest sprout to grow. Sounds sensible, but do you know what they mean by “thinning?” They mean CUTTING DOWN, snipping the poor little sprout after all its hard work and tossing it in the compost! Call me crazy but that doesn’t seem fair so I gently separate the seedlings and repot each one. There are no winners or losers in my garden, only participants.
This week I separated and repotted my tomatoes (which I started way too early!). Unfortunately nearly every stinking seed sprouted, which means I was not exaggerating when I say I have roughly 72 seedlings. I started eight heirloom varieties: Gold Medal, San Marzano, Zapotec, Japanese Black Trifele, Vorlon, A Grappoli d’Iverno, JD’s Special C-Tex, and Tigerella. I’m hoping these will provide a nice assortment of color, shape, size, flavor and use. I don’t plan to start any more… we’ll see what happens.
Meanwhile, the cauliflowers are hardened off and outgrowing their baby pots. They need to go in their forever home sooner than later, I just need to figure out where that is. Is there such as thing as “cart-before-horse” disorder? Pretty sure I have that.
I’m very pleased with how well my artichokes are growing, and I DO have a place to put them! Well, I will have a place because I got these cool galvanized stock tanks to keep them safe from gophers. Unfortunately, they have no soil in them. I guess we need to order a truckload of soil to be dumped in the driveway… as soon as we get the mulch pile out of the way.
By next week the Showy Milkweed should be ready for planting. It’s kind of leggy and a bit pathetic-looking but I’m hoping it will toughen up once it gets in the ground. I’m considering snipping the top set of leaves and forcing growth out the sides but, as I may have mentioned, snipping a growing thing is not my strong suit.
Last but not least, my Hairy Balls are thriving! They are huge, and just keep getting bigger! Are these not the sturdiest pair of Hairy Balls you’ve ever seen? I think I even have enough Hairy Balls to share them with friends and neighbors. Yes, I plan to spread my Hairy Balls everywhere! Hairy balls hairy balls hairy balls. hah. In case you thought I was above potty humor, now you know.
And on that note, see ya next time!