Welcome to another Friday! I hope the sun is shining where you are and that the forecast is looking beautiful. It’s actually gorgeous here today although a bit cool, but I don’t think it’s going to last through the weekend. Hopefully next week some nice weather will come around because I really have to get out in the garden and do some weeding around the onions.
I’m also looking forward to the ever approaching frost free date, which is at the end of April here in Germany. I’m sure I will need to move the green beans and some of the pumpkins and squash out of the seedling bins before then, especially since I’ll still need to harden everything up. But I am ready for these plants to start growing like crazy. Watering them daily might take a little getting used to again, though. It feels like forever since we were doing that! But Mackenzie is a pro at watering (actually she gets a little overzealous) so at least I will have a great helper.
So far the germination rate of our seeds has been really good, even though most of them are 2-3 years old. Except for the peppers. The Chinese Bell Peppers did finally pop up and the Jalapenos are coming along…but most of the others are still not showing any signs of life. So I’m just going to keep an eye on them and see what happens.
It’s about time to do some more thinning too. I just need to tally up my plants again and make sure what we have space for. Since the pumpkins & squash are going in the backyard, I’ll probably just keep all of them to increase our success rates versus the evil slugs & snails. I’m definitely going to be letting those plants grow as large as I can in pots before putting them in the ground. The stupid slugs have been known to devour a well-developed squash plant that was almost 2 feet long to a tiny nub overnight. It’s going to be a tough challenge!
As I’m watching all these plants grow, I can almost taste the fresh tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, celery and all the other goodies. Oh, and our okra are coming up nicely although we may have to do some small greenhouses over them ultimately to get them to produce.
This is one of my favorite times of year, for sure….until the harvest starts coming in anyway! I think I better try starting some basil again so we can enjoy plenty of tomatoes, basil & fresh mozzarella again this year. YUM!
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