Even though it’s been a warm winter, it hasn’t been exactly summer-like, and even though I’ve been enjoying the vegetables of winter, I have been hankering after some fresh summertime veggies. The good and the bad news is that a lot of summertime veggies need to get their start long before summer. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, in particular, have a long time-to-maturity, which means their seeds need to be planted indoors now, or even a week or two ago.
I had thought about starting some seeds earlier, but last week I was in Oklahoma with my Mom, who was recovering from hip-replacement surgery. I didn’t want to leave just-germinated seedlings for my family to tend, since they would have plenty of other things to manage while I was away, so I waited.
Happily, not only is Mom doing very well, but yesterday afternoon I filled most of a tray of those “Jiffy” peat-pellets with seeds. Part of the tray is yet-to-be-filled, because the seeds I’ve ordered aren’t here yet, but most of the tomato and pepper seeds for this year are in the tray, as are the eggplant, parsley, marjoram, basil, and a pink Salvia. It feels great to have made a start on the summer garden!
I also planted (in the ground) some seed-potatoes yesterday. There is a short row of Red Pontiac and a short row of White Cobbler. At the end of the potato area I planted some spinach seeds (Tyee), and along one side of the trellis I planted a row of lettuces (Capitan). The seeds were leftovers from previous years, but I found the seed potatoes at Mom’s neighborhood grocery store in Choctaw, Oklahoma. The seed potatoes, which were 59 cents a pound, were in a bin in the produce department, along with several varieties of onion sets.
The weather isn’t spectacularly warm, but the high temperature yesterday, and forecast again for today, is the mid-50s. That’s plenty warm for doing some serious work in the yard. I expect to spend much of this afternoon outside. Hope everyone else is having a beautiful weekend!