It’s still winter. . .
Not a week goes by that we haven’t had cold temperatures, rain, and hail. It’s light at 9 o’clock at night, yet there is snow on the mountains (LOTS OF IT)! The good news is, my spring plants are loving life. The bad news is–do I dare plant tomatoes?
The ugly truth is: I didn’t start my plants from seeds this year. I was just too busy with everything, and thought “I’ll just buy them–it’s nearly as inexpensive as seeds.” Boy, was I wrong. To get a nice sized tomato plant is $5 EACH!!! Smaller plants are $3, and you can buy a 4-pack of TINY tomatoes for $1.65. I went with the tiny.
This is the same garden from the side, so you can see the other plants. I realized that I should have given my peas a little more room–the parsley is a bit crowded next to them. But my big, beautiful broccoli is doing great.
The plant seems disproportionately large compared to the head (only 1″). I fertilized these with 21-0-0 about two weeks ago, and I can tell it really helped. I’m going to fertilize again now, and then right after I harvest the heads (to promote side-shoot growth).
From right to left are onions, more broccoli, and more onions. On the very left you might see a cherry tomato plant. I have also planted beets, swiss chard, and cucumbers (but they’re too small to see).
This garden bed always gets too much water (still trying to figure that one out!), so I decided to grow my peppers here. I’ve already got some small leaf lettuce growing, and I added Big Jim, Anaheim, and Cayenne peppers. I just bought some Bell and Jalapeno that I need to plant.
So that’s my garden update. If it would ever get warm I know things would grow. But honestly, I think of the people suffering from flooding, the farmers who will have no crops to sell, families without homes, and I realize how small my concerns are. But experiencing the frustration of the elements helps me relate, if just a little, to those who are impacted by the earth and the weather.