Monday, February 16, 2009

Break in the Storm

It's been raining pretty steady over the past 24 hours. But we did get a break this afternoon. I took a walk around the yard hoping to find some sign that spring was on it’s way. Everything is saturated ...

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Container Lettuce Garden Babies Butterhead

Suger Snap Pea

and spring is emerging very slowly....



I took a little time out today to start some flower seeds

When I took them out the greenhouse I checked on the cucumber and watermelon seeds I had planted on Friday (Feb 13) and to my surprise one of the Persian Baby cucumber seeds sprouted... in just three days!
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Back in Nov my Mother give me a flower arrangement that had the cutest little pumpkins on a stem. When I looked them up I found that they where pumpkin peppers. I saved some of the seeds and planted them a few weeks back. They seem to be doing well. Don't know what they will grow into but it will be fun to find out.


  1. You've been busy since I last checked in! Love that the cucumbers sprouted in 3 days - prolific little beasts. lol I'll be excited to watch what your pumpkin pepper turns into - I have a fondness for pumpkins in general. Thanks for the great pictures!

  2. Hi Jenn,

    Yes very busy trying to stay on schedule with my seed planting. I know it's very ambitious for a first time vegetable gardener to want to grow everything by seed and to try a new method of gardening (SFG) all at the same time... but what the heck, if your going to do it... do it big :-)

    As for the pumpkin peppers, I hope they grow true to what I had back in Nov. They are really cool looking.

    Glad you enjoyed the photos :-)

  3. *Whimper*

    I'm getting those jittery shakes that avid gardeners seem to get when seed starting is still almost a month away! I'll have to be satisfied with watching my four little tomato plants grow, and hope I can get them north without freezing them, and with the meager pickings from the tiny AZ salad garden.

  4. Oh Granny, it won't be long now.

    You know, I sometimes think it's a bit too early for the seeds I'm starting... but, If I want to keep to the Farmers Almanac plant out schedule then I need to get started.

    I am a little worried that I may not have the full sun I need in the back of bed # 4 in time for some of the planting dates. When ever the sun is out I'm looking at where the sun is on the beds and how long it's there. It gets a bit better every week.

    This year is truly a trial run for the coming years. This is why I'm blogging about it so I have something to look back on. I'm also starting a scrapbook in the next few weeks.

    I am looking forward to learning from you and your garden this year. :-)


  5. Granny has the jittering shakes? Heh. Anyway...your lettuce is looking good, mine haven't sprouted yet. I've noticed the large amount of rain y'all have been getting. Maybe it will stop soon.


  6. EG,

    It's raining now as I write this. We should get some relief this week.

    On Sunday morning I checked my rain barrels
    (one large trash can and anything else I could put water in) and they has little to nothing in them. By Sunday night they were all over flowing. I'm at my max for water collection :-)

    The yard is so saturated it's going to take weeks to dry out. I'm going to cover the beds this weekend with clear plastic to warm them up as well as let them dry out just a bit.

    I started the lettuce in the cold frame under lights and a little warmth. Just took a week to get started. They have really taken off since I moved them outside.