Sunday, March 27, 2011

Worm House

For my birthday I got a new worm house. It is too cold for it to be outside right now, so it is up in my office. Here is a good shot of it. The white is a worm barrier that keeps them from getting out the bottom and the top.

This is a shot of the worms in their bin. We have them already moving up into the second bin. I will set it up so that we can start adding food to the top bin while I am in the UK.

At least they are inside this year so Heidi won't call me and say "Have you ever read the book, how to eat fried worms?"

What a difference 3 days makes

We have gone from just a couple of things to a ton of plants coming up.
These are tomatillos.
The first of the peppers
up top are the pumpkins just punching through, and down below are the oregano going crazy!
Finally check out the squash and the tomatoes!
it is interesting how all the seeds on the left germinated so fast. When I put the heating pad under the planter, the left side got more the first day...and the plants there are significantly faster than the ones right next to it.

Braden also took some great pics that I will have to get in here soon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

First Clorophyl

I started to call this "First Blood" but really it is plants so...
Here is a shot of the Grow Lab. $15 shop light from Home Depot, some biodegradable peat starter cups, a few not so biodegradable plastic cups on the other side, some worm castings from last year and good times! Oh and I splurged and purchased a heating pad to warm them up, since they won't sprout until they think the soil will stay in the 80s (and I am not keeping upstairs in the 80s (sorry Stephany).
First Tomatoes to break through. These are from the Heirloom mix but not really sure what they will be in the end.
First WEED! this one was in one of the heirloom starts but it doesn't look like any tomato plant I have ever seen. I will kill it with extreme prejudice!
But here is the real winner, This is one of Matt's cilantro plants. First one really up, it even beat the weed. 4 days to sprout is pretty good.
So They are getting started and looking fun. we will have to see what happens when the squash come up in a few days since they will be much bigger.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Planting has begun!!!

Today we did a lot of work in the garden and got things ready. All of the boxes on the South side are ready to go. We elected to move the boxes for even better sun on the North side so a couple of those are ready and we still have some work to do.

After we had worked in the dirt all day, preparing the boxes, we came in and started seeds from my birthday seed package.

We have:
  • 20 heirloom tomatoes (Omar's lebanese red, Dutchman pink, Djena lee's Golden Girl orange, Golden sunburst yellow, Aunt Ruby's German Green, and Black Russian)
  • 20 Cherokee Purple tomatoes (these were by far the best 2 years back)
  • 9 green husk tomatillos
  • 9 jalapeno peppers
  • 9 California Wonder bell peppers
  • 6 Jubilee watermelon
  • 10 Ghostly white pumpkin
  • 10 Big Max pumpkin
  • 10 Waltham Butternut squash
  • 10 Early Prolific Straightneck squash
  • 5 pods of Cilantro
  • 3 pods of Basil
  • 3 pods of oregano
Along with all of those that we are starting indoors now we have :
  • 2 varieties of snow peas,
  • Zucchini
  • Ocra
  • 2 varieties of cucumbers
  • radishes
  • Cylindra beets
  • Kaleidoscope carrots
  • Imperator carrots
  • Onion sets (already in the ground from last fall)
  • garlic (already in the ground from last fall)
This is a fun time of year and it is great to see the kids so excited about seeing things grow.
The only problem is that I am going to have to get another set of grow lights to support their (my) habit!.