Food Sunday: Spring’s Coming, Do You Know Where Your Garden Is?
(Picture courtesy of Jolly Janner at wikipedia commons.)
As we are watching Winter Storm Titan, the Weather Channel’s latest creation, dump fluffy white stuff where our garden will be, it’s time to begin planting.
The growing season here in NW PA is a tad shorter than it is in N.TX. so we adjust. Some plants won’t produce anything if they’re not started yet, yes, I’m looking at you, tomatoes.
Of course your local greenhouses are already looking at sprouts coming up in their peat pots, and they’re hoping you are tilling soon. Here, I’m putting seeds in peat pots for a few things, and waiting for others.
The basic plant for all gardens is your tomato, and I’ve looked up a chart to show you when to put what in, too. Since it doesn’t want to fit onto this post, you’ll need to click on the link above to see it. No doubt you also have your own best charts, and Farmers Almanac is classic.
Gardens are by far the most popular vegetable in home gardens being grown in over 85% of them. There are many different types including beefsteak, heirlooms, organic, cherry, paste, mid-size, early ripening and the list goes on. Tomato seeds should be started indoors for best germination results. Start the seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date for your location. Plant 1/4” deep using sterile soil. This helps prevent disease and other problems. The tomato seeds will germinate best if the soil is kept between 80 to 90 degrees. Water lightly and keep the soil consistently moist until germination occurs. When ready to transplant be sure to harden the young plants o by placing increasing time outside for a 1 week period. Transplant tomato plants 32” apart and 32” between rows. The more space the better. Plant in a location with full sun and provide fertilizer when needed.
The beets and broccoli will be planted in May, after all danger of frost is past, hahahahaha. Last year, that took two tries, and the second time around we still had to cover the peppers and tomatoes to save them from getting frozen again.
If you are already looking at seed packets in stores in December, you’re on my wave length. I planted cantaloupe and peppers yesterday, and am holding back for much of the rest, but today it will be marigolds.
Below is what the garden looks like right now.