It’s Spring. Really and truly this time.

After a few false starts and Nor’easters with snow, ice and freezing rain it is now officially Spring in the Hudson Valley. Marchuary was tough and April was only marginally better. Mother Nature is now trying to make up for all of the drama and new life is bursting out all over. Finally!

So better late than never I’ve gotten started with my seed starts for this year’s garden. So this was about a week ago:

And here is the big reveal last night:

Ok so they’re all looking a bit scraggly now but once I adjust the height of the lights and they start growing we’ll be ok.

I think.

This year’s crop: Tomatoes-Shimmer, Tumbling Tom, 4th of July, Italian Ice, Green Zebra, Roma. Eggplant-Italian, Millionaire. Basil-Crimson King. Peppers-Diamond, Cubanelle. Fern leaf Dill.

Let’s grow!

4 Nor’easters later, Spring?

March in New York has been really interesting. Four Nor’easters in March and nighttime temperatures in the 20’s on a regular basis. Not quite what I had in mind. Mother Nature has a mind of her own so I’m just hoping she’s finally decided to let us have some Spring.

Took a walk around the yard today and found a few really clear signs of Spring.

Scylla wildflower - not sure spelling is correct.Snowdrop.

It’s March, that explains it all.

There I was last weekend all excited at the first signs of Spring flowers. Today it’s snowing and we just hauled in another 40lb bag of ice melt. The environmentally gentle type of course.

So it looks like March is in like a lion! I’m expecting a flock of gentle lambs to end the month. Cute, gentle, fluffy lambs.

The Wide World of Tomatoes

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Homemade garden salad.

So far this season’s tomatoes are great to look at and I’ve been told good to eat too. I had friends over for a small BBQ and a few were noshing on tomatoes and basil straight off the vine and I saw a few munching on the lettuce too! This is why I love my friends! And my tomatoes!.

 

Assorted tomatoes from a quick harvest.
Perfect Roma.

 

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Caprese from the garden.

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Double+ tomato!

 

Cucumbers and Tomatoes

The good news is that the Straight Eight cucumber seeds I planted over the July 4th weekend are growing nicely and will have to be trellised soon. 


I’m hoping I drilled enough holes in the self watering container that it’s no longer self watering. Apparently cakes don’t like wet feet. 

The tomato crop is coming along fairly well except for some end rot. 


Hopefully the calcium I added to all the pots last weekend will solve the problem going forward. It’s only happening with one variety so far. 

This year we tried to space out the barrels better so there is more space between them for air circulation. So of course we’re having a particularly wet season. 

The peppers are doing nicely however. 


And I’m about to harvest my first Gretel eggplant of the season today! 


Not the best picture of her. 

More later!

Tomatoes and Peppers and Eggplants Oh My!

So far things are looking good! There are tomatoes on most of my plants, baby Eggplants are forming and I can see tiny peppers starting to grow. In other words it’s time for some more fertilizer in the next week or two. And probably also time to add a couple of more calcium pills to the tomatoes containers.

Blossom end rot has been an issue with some of my tomatoes the past two or three years and regular calcium tablets seem to do the trick. When initially planting the tomato containers I’ll put one to two tablets per plant in the pot near the roots and when they start to produce fruit another one to two tablets depending on the size of the tomato or plant. I originally tried crushing the tablets in my food processor and using the calcium as a powder. It worked well enough but I live in an urban area and keeping unmarked white powder in a ziplock baggie in my garden bucket is probably not a good idea.

Ignore the date stamps on the photos, it’s definitely not 2038!

Garden on!

Growing Along

The summer-like weather has made my veggies very happy. We caged up the tomatoes this weekend, they are getting big very quickly.  Over the years we’ve gravitated to the 3-sided cages as opposed to the conical ones because they give more support. We tend to grow indeterminate tomatoes and in a good year the vines have reached upwards of 8-ft.


This year we have a little bit of a mix in types, the Black Krims are determinate and tend to be short and bushy overall.

It’s been a week and most of the lettuce seed has germinated, I expect the rest of it to be up by the end of the week. I planted Oak Leaf, Deer Tongue and a red lettuce that I don’t remember the name of.


That’s a quickie on where things are in the garden, I’ll do an herbal update later!