Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Its really hot. 89.8
So i put out a couple loads of laundry to dry and opened the ends of the rows to ventilate when the temperature monitor read 100. Luckily the humidity is low so the heat is not quite as bad as it could feel... unless you are standing right in the sun or working in it.

Being the sweltering day that it is, i went for an indoor project.

I saved a few containers from store bought sushi, they looked like they would be useful for something!

They have these grooves in the bottom that  make great little moats so when used for chitting, the seeds aren't standing in water, but they should stay moist.

And they have clear lids that snap on almost snug

I use napkins, they are moderately thick.

I just cut them to size in one stack then wet them and press out the excess.

Wet but not quite dripping seems to work for me.

Toothpick dipped in water

Huckleberry seeds are small

Some people scatter their seeds, i can't.  I have done this before by putting the seeds in a wet paper towel then folding it and putting them in a plastic bag with a label. But i can't see whats going on and i usually miss it until the roots are out and have to be pulled from the paper.
This way i can see what is going on and i can pull any seeds before they have emerged too far.  If they need darkness i can cover them with a small piece of heavy fabric.

Labeled and ready for a fortnight vacation in the Amana.

Did a few more assorted trays of seeds.

I had taken a few pictures of the garden. Just weeds so far where the carrot seeds were planted.  I need to look up a picture of what carrot seedlings look like right after they germinate. So i can weed things a bit.

This row looks like something actually is planted.

Tomato row.

This is one of the Roma tomatoes that got frosted. Its making it back very well.

I tried to get a good shot of Melon Row, but its just not wide enough. Sometimes the wind will billow out the cover and i can see straight down the row, but it was too calm this morning.

I sort of cheated on the cucumbers normally i do one set of 3 per hill, but i ran out of hills. So doubled them up. We like tiny cucumbers so hopefully it works out.

They look so tiny,  if things grow right the comparison pics later in the year should be pretty dramatic. :0)

The Goji seeds sprouted like crazy but they grow super slow.


 My little weather unit says its going to rain.  Nothing on the radar according to the NOAA's  National Weather Service page and nothing i can see at Weatherunderground's live radar.  Lots of white puffy clouds though.


Faith said...

You have so many future plantings! Where are you going to put it all?

I hope the weeding will not end up being a problem. How long are you planning on leaving the row covers, all season?

Oh, I checked out one of those links, last week actually. It's too bad he did not complete the diary he began to post. That would have been a great read. :o)


icebear said...

I plan to put any resulting berry plants along the side of the fence. There should be plenty of room for a good border of berries. Hubby is actually on board with this idea. i think there's about 50 feet along one side for things that need full sun and another 30 feet along the back for what needs shadier spots.

I think i'll only have the row covers on for a few more weeks, until the plants get some good growth and anything seeded in gets big enough to fend for itself. I'm hoping to avoid things like flea beetles, carrot fly, root borers, and a couple early broods of cabbage worm, (well as much as possible!).

I enjoyed the diary too and i was disappointed when i realized his last entry was around 3 years ago. Maybe he's thinking of putting it into a book for sale. It would make a good book If he were to add some illustrations or photos to give a visual of what they meant by 'car' and images of typical equipment/home materials used at the time.