Yesterday I got my wheelbarrow & combined topsoil, peat & perlite into my seed starting mix in the garage. Today I started filling the 3" pots for the seed flats. Six flats down, six to go... The tomato, eggplant, tomatillo & pepper seeds will be planted on Jan. 31st (& moved into the greenhouse to germinate), so they should be ready to transplant into the garden about Mar. 15th. Everything else will be direct seeded.
Today is 'Seed Starting Day'... The jalapenos, serranos, eggplants, tomatillos & both varieties of tomatoes are now officially started. Everything else will be direct seeded in mid-March, with the exception of the potatoes which will be planted in a few weeks.
The tomatillos & both varieties of tomatoes sprouted on Feb. 6th and the jalapenos, serranos & eggplants came up on Feb. 8th... We are off to a good start!!!
A couple of days ago I fabricated 7 stands for '2-sided yellow sticky traps' & put them in the greenhouse in the advent that those dang white flies again show up this year.
Also, the weeper hose that I have been using to irrigate the asparagus bed has become more trouble than they are worth (they just don't last here), so I decided to redo it using PVC pipe & 10 brass spray heads. I still need to finish the last section & get it installed...
I finally got the new irrigation section installed in the asparagus bed last week...
I cut the seed potatoes & applied powdered sulfur to them this morning. We are suppose to have 5 good days here (starting tomorrow) & I want to get them planted ASAP. With 95 'seeds', I expect to harvest about 400 lbs. around the beginning of June.
The ground is pretty wet, so weeding the garden has been a challenge... We are harvesting asparagus every other day now, radishes too. The seed flats in the greenhouse are doing well & should be ready to transplant in a week or two (weather permitting)... Everything currently in the ground is doing very well due to moderate temperatures & the rain this spring.
Today I managed to plant the following seed: butternut, acorn & spaghetti squashes, cucumbers, soybeans & garbanzo beans. it was a lot of bending over & my back said 'enough', so I will do the tomato transplants tomorrow.