Wednesday, February 20, 2008

starting seeds on the full moon


tonight is the full moon and lunar ellipse to boot. it is time to start tomatoes, maybe a few days early as far as time till we'll plant them. we had good luck last year but wished some of them were a bit more leggy. most tomato growers look for a medium plant with a stout stem. we discovered that the plants that were leggy last year did better at the end of the day. we followed directions and planted them in a trench instead of a hole and laid them on their side with just the last few leaf sections exposed. the root systems were huge having all that exposure to form root.

we planted
40 amish paste
40 cherokee purple
9 yellow pear
9 omar's lebanese
9 principe boghese
9 japanese black tifele
9 tomatillos
4&5 of two kinds of hot peppers

we didn't have room for the others maybe next year. i have to remember to save more seeds from the amish paste tomatoes, we almost ran out. although we have plenty of cherokee purple left over if any one wants any just let me know. tristan is so excited about the yellow pear that he has infected kassi with the yellow pear tomato lust.

tabitha planted the broccoli and cabbage seen here a few weeks ago.

our biggest next trick will be to keep toly out of the baby plants and glorious dirt.

i have been recreational reading this winter. it has been a while. this week it is dune. toly cozies next to me and sleeps sometimes. reading helps calm the kids in the evening. it encourages them to read themselves and makes for a quieter house.

we are expecting another ice storm this evening. i'd like to not work at bobs tomorrow and an ice storm is the perfect excuse. i'd work on the grow light shelf and figure some protection scheme.

8 comments:

uncle matt said...

Great pictures! How exciting too! So, what kind of tomatoes make the best sauce? Which make the best salsa? What kind will you use for the "Limited Edition" Uncle Matt salsa, special reserve?
And, I know you're using the "reading to the kids" line so that you can read "Dune" again.

Phoebe Gleeson said...

So do you think that diapers should be ditched in favor of stillsuits? I'm all for it.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

OMG - that last picture is so sweet!
I just got my seeds today - I will start sowing tomorrow! :-)

Wendy said...

Your plants look awesome! I'm debating whether to start my own (which I've not had much luck doing) or just buy from the garden center (I know, lazy of me :), but we're looking at a possible move this summer (right in the middle of growing season, too!), and I hate to lose all of my seedlings, or to start a garden for my future tenants ;).

I love reading in the evening. It is calming for the kids. We used to read to them more. We should get back in the habit.

tansy said...

i am already behind on my seed sowing! i need new sowing flats.

good luck keeping toly from the seeds, i know that will be a huge feat here!

karl said...

matt,
the amish paste make excellent cooked sauces. the cherokee purple will be for salsa, along with the tomatillos. the others will get thrown into the mix for good measure. plus there will be lots of pico de gallo.

phoebe,
yes stillsuits would be the ultimate solution.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

farmgirl,
thanks he is such a cutie.

wendy,
for me if i start my own the risk will only be a little effort. if i buy a bunch of plants then the outlay of cash seems more daunting.

tansy,
i wedged a 2" thick piece of insulation in the window seat. it seems pretty stout.

Lisa said...

I LOVE the Dune series! I just started re-reading it again for the fourth time (I'm on God Emperor) and it's always exciting each time. I just rented the Sci-Fi version from Blockbuster as well because I never new they did a Children of Dune series! How could I not have known that?? Looks wonderful though, you should rent it.

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