Spring is in full force where I'm at and everything is just starting to bloom. I have some tulips popping up but no real blooms yet. Is your garden popping yet?
This spring in Boston has been rough... we've had a really long winter and it was snowing/freezing rain in late March. It only really warmed up last week. My poor garden has been struggling and I've been trying to help it out as much as possible. My orchids that I keep inside are loving life however.
Tomatoes- Arkansas Traveler, Juliet (cherry), Momotaro (Japanese)
Bell Peppers- Green, Yellow, Red. 2 of each.
Poblano Pepper-1 of
Marachan (Italian) pepper- 2 of
Six Chinese bed vegetables I have to truly grasp the name of, given to me by my kind neighbor. Good for stir fry, probably related to cabbage.
The garden is watered by a drip system variant I set up, and is a station on the irrigation controller for the back..
Indoor seedlings. Outside of a few peppers (Cayenne, Thai Dragon) and herbs, nothing's sprouted yet. Chicagoland weather is a bitch. It was just shy of 80 on Friday and snowed a bit this morning.
I'm really hoping I have more luck with my tomato plants this year. Last year, I had an infestation of rolly polly bugs. Each tomato was a pinata of those things...
@chemystery: My father grew up on a plantation in Sri Lanka, and wanted to be a orchid farmer as a child. He taught me all the tricks. The two orchids I have were bought from Home Depot a few years ago as anniversary presents, and I consider myself very lucky for having kept them alive for so long.
I wish I could start a garden. Before my apartment decided to do full on renovations I could put pots and garden boxes out on the patio where they'd get sun and for the past three years I've been growing herbs and flowers unhindered. Now with renovations complete they've closed off the patio area so there's no room any more so I won't be able to have a garden anymore. This, along with many other things they've done, has seriously earned my ire.
On the plus side I'll be getting a house in August which has a fairly substantial back and front yard so I'll have plenty of room to worth with by the end of August! So that means I need to find some good plants that can grow late autumn/early winter...
Looks like the last threat of frost here in midcoast Maine is on the new moon, 4/29. Some open-pollinated seeds just arrived from a homesteading couple in Minnesota, I got winter squash, pumpkin, bush bean, canning tomatoes and watermelon seeds from them. I'm growing lots of storage vegetables this year as I could have done with more this past winter. An order from Fedco should be here in a day or two with more goodies.
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